Portsmouth Lord Mayor Lee Mason officially opened The Portsmouth Distillery today, marking the start of the business’ journey to create world-class aged sipping rums, and a variety of alcoholic drinks.
Based in Portsmouth’s historic Fort Cumberland, built to control the entrance to Langstone Harbour and improve the defences of Portsmouth Dockyard, The Portsmouth Distillery will be producing their own unique brands or rum, gin, and cider.
Two of the three founding directors, Vince Noyce and Giles Collighan, are ex-naval officers and have been running The Rum Club Ltd for the past few years. The team set about attending distillery courses and visiting distilleries to form their own opinion of what can make a successful operation, and have joined forces with Sales and Marketing Director Dich Oatley to form The Portsmouth Distillery Company LTD.
Vincent Noyce, Director, said: “With the gin it’s our intention for this to be Portsmouth’s gin and one everyone can be proud of. We’d love to see the bars and pubs of Portsmouth stocking our products proudly on their shelves.
“As for our rum, it’s a really high quality product and we think it will be well received across the rum community around the globe. We’re all really excited for the future.”
Initially the distillery will be producing two drinks; Fort Gin, a recipe based on five key botanicals, and 1968 the ‘party’ rum named after the founding members year of births and the summer of love.
Fort Gin is currently available to purchase on the companies website and at certain outlets around the city — with 1968 coming soon.
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