Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky liqueur wins second spirits industry award

The team at Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky distillery are celebrating after their Cream Liqueur won an award at the prestigious Liqueur Masters awards.

Hunmanby based Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery were awarded a silver medal for their Cream Liqueur after entering it into the International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC) for the first time this year.

The award comes shortly after the liqueur, which was launched last year, was awarded a coveted gold star from the Guild of Fine Foods in the Great Taste awards earlier this year.

Jenni Ashwood, Spirit of Yorkshire’s Marketing Director said: “Whereas most cream liqueurs only use new make spirit, ours marries fully matured whisky with our light and fruity new make spirit and the highest butterfat content possible to make a deliciously creamy drink. It’s another example of how we’re respecting tradition but doing things differently, and we’re delighted that industry professionals have rewarded our approach with a silver medal.” 

Established in 2016, Spirit of Yorkshire is one of only a handful of distilleries that grows the barley for whisky production and is a collaboration between farmer and brewer, Tom Mellor and business partner, David Thompson.

Launched in 2008, The Liqueurs Masters competition celebrates excellence within the spirits industry and is organised by The Spirits Business magazine.   Attracting entries from across the UK each spirit is judged by industry experts including journalists, retail buyers and bar tenders who award gold, silver and bronze medals accordingly as well as additional trophies for outstanding excellence.

Commenting on the calibre of entries, judge Nicola Thomson said: “The standard of the flights we sampled was really high compared with previous years. There was a lot of freshness of flavours and a wonderful balance between the acidity and alcohol levels.” 

Spirit of Yorkshire Cream Liqueur, 20% vol., costs £25.50 for a 70cl bottle. It is available online from www. spiritofyorkshire.com and selected specialist retailers throughout the UK.