Sherry casks are here!

From the start of our planning we have wanted to put some whisky into sherry casks. However, you wouldn’t believe how difficult it is to get your hands on these. Determination and perseverance won again and today we took delivery of two Oloroso and one Pedro Ximenez (ex-sherry) firkins. We just can’t wait to fill these and test the effect – we feel a very special whisky coming so keep watching and following for updates.

They will have our logo on very soon.

Henstone Distillery Apple Brandy is on it’s way!

On Sunday 18th of March we had another 12 hour shift distilling nearly 2000 litres of Sweeney Mountain cider (produced by Stonehouse Brewery) to make our very first Apple Brandy. The ‘new make’ spirit flowing out of Hilda (the still) immediately tasted like a very good Calvados! The following day we diluted the spirit back to about 65% with very pure water and put it into a new American oak cask to mature.  We are hopeful the new American oak will impart a hint of vanilla flavour into the spirit!

We will keep a watchful eye on the progress of maturation but expect it to be ready for Christmas 2018. 

Our branding for this product is already sorted as you can see in the mock up image below….

Please keep following our progress.