Forest Distillery to expand

UK-based spirits producer Forest Distillery will increase its production and create a visitor centre at its site in Cheshire, England.

Founded by husband-and-wife team Karl and Lindsay Bond in 2015, The Forest Distillery claims to be the UK’s highest altitude distillery. It is based in the 210-year-old Cat & Fiddle pub above Macclesfield Forest, in the Peak District National Park.

The renovation plans include a new botanical glass walkway, a canopied courtyard and a variety of sustainability initiatives. The Bonds intend for the site to function off-grid, with wind turbines and a heat recovery system.

Chief operating officer Lindsay Bond said: “We are so excited to move on to the next chapter for the distillery. Our single malt whisky production has always been about using local, sustainable ingredients.

“This next phase means that even the power used will be generated on site by the wind blowing all around us.”

The Forest Distillery uses wild yeast and locally sourced spring water and barley for its range, which includes whisky and gin.

CEO Karl Bond added: “Our remote location on top of the hills has always been a problem for anyone trying to run a business here. The constant wind, driving rain and frequent snow meant that the old Cat & Fiddle Inn closed down in 2015.

“However, for us, the altitude means that we can distil at lower temperatures than at sea level. That, combined with the amazing cellars and natural spring water has meant that our business has actually grown since moving the distillery here.

“This next phase will ensure the longevity of the business whilst also helping us to achieve our ambitious sustainability targets.”

Last year, the Forest Distillery added a core whisky to its range and won a Master medal at The World Whisky Masters.

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Author: Lauren Bowes