Distiller’s in the running for rural business award
Published 21 Jul 2017
Chamber member Dunnet Bay Distillers is in with a chance of being named Britain's best countryside-based start-up after making the final stages of the rural business awards 2017 (RBA).
The firm, which has gained major success in recent years, is one of five nationwide finalists in the best rural start-up category.
The distillery is renowned for producing the multi-award winning Holy Grass Vodka and Rock Rose gin, which feature a selection of local and traditional botanicals.
Spirits are crafted using a traditional copper pot still.
Each bottle is individually filled, wax sealed and signed, all by hand. Waste products feed sheep in the local fields and the distillery has supported the local biodiversity group with the restoration of juniper in the local area, and also the conservation of the small blue butterfly.
The distillery has created the world's first Burns gin, the UK's first range of seasonal gins using local ingredients as part of the distillation and also the UK's first grass vodka.
Judges said they loved Dunnet's great product and brand with a rural spirit, which they thought was unique enough to continue to succeed in a tough but growing market.
The awards ceremony will be held at Denbies Wine Estates in Surrey on Thursday, October 5.
To find out more, visit the Rural Business Awards website here.