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Devon's first whisky distillery will produce a single malt whisky, made with Dartmoor malted barley and pure Dartmoor Spring Water.
Devon's first whisky distillery will produce a single malt whisky, made with Dartmoor malted barley and pure Dartmoor Spring Water.
Devon's first whisky distillery will produce a single malt whisky, made with Dartmoor malted barley and pure Dartmoor Spring Water.
363 backers pledged £30,056 to help bring this project to life.

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Dartmoor Whisky Distillery - Devon's First Single Malt

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Who Are We?

We are Greg & Simon and we are starting Devon's first Single Malt Whisky Distillery. 

Founders, Greg Millar & Simon Crow
Founders, Greg Millar & Simon Crow

Several years ago a group of whisky enthusiasts, including Greg on the left, visited Islay to make whisky. On their return, they said, 'why has no one ever made whisky in Devon?' 

The rolling hills of Dartmoor in Devon.
The rolling hills of Dartmoor in Devon.

Here in Devon, we have the climate and soil to grow great quality barley. We have the granite geology of Dartmoor National Park that filters wonderful Dartmoor spring water. We also have the air quality and sea breezes to provide great storage during maturation.

With great local producers such as Tuckers Maltings, one of the oldest established traditional barley malting houses in the country, and with more cask beer brewers than any other county in England, all the components are here to make very fine single malt whisky. So Greg Millar & Simon Crow came together to make this dream a reality.

Founders, Greg & Simon, bringing the still back from France   Founders, Greg & Simon, bringing the still back from France in 2014
Founders, Greg & Simon, bringing the still back from France Founders, Greg & Simon, bringing the still back from France in 2014

We found our still in Cognac and brought it to Devon in 2014. We then found our wonderful distillery building, Bovey Tracey Town Hall, the perfect building to be home to our project, and to give a much needed new lease of life to a great Victorian building. We brought Mr Frank McHardy from Campbeltown to Dartmoor to assess our project. We were delighted when Frank assessed our plans and consented to be our Master Distiller. So now, we enter 2016 with all the components in place to start producing Dartmoor Single Malt Whisky.

Today, we look to whisky enthusiasts around the world to help us raise the funds to purchase the beer wash for our first distillations. With this project, pledgers can proudly say they've helped get one of England's very few whisky distilleries off of the ground.

  • Anyone who pledges to the Kickstarter campaign will be given first access to the pre-order sign up list for the first batch of Dartmoor Whisky.

To learn more about our story, please read on...

Our Still

We have chosen a traditional ‘Alembic' still from Cognac. Our pot still is 1400 litres to receive a 1200 litre charge. It has been hand beaten using 11-12mm thick copper. 

We sourced our still from Cognac Master Distiller Miguel D’Anjou (on the right pictured below), who is the third generation distilling fine Cognac from his farm near Pons, in the Cognac region of France.

Our copper cognac still, hand beaten in 1966. Founder Greg Millar on the left with the previous owner in France.
Our copper cognac still, hand beaten in 1966. Founder Greg Millar on the left with the previous owner in France.

 

Our copper still being sandblasted back to greatness in April 2016.
Our copper still being sandblasted back to greatness in April 2016.

 

Our still is glass blasted and ready for lacquer.
Our still is glass blasted and ready for lacquer.

 

Our still on the move to be lacquered in April 2016.
Our still on the move to be lacquered in April 2016.

Our Green Supply Chain 

We have a very local and green supply chain in place. The barley is being grown, malted and turned into beer wash, all within a ten mile radius of the Distillery building.

Where our Barley is grown in Princetown, Dartmoor
Where our Barley is grown in Princetown, Dartmoor

 

Where our barley is malted, at Tuckers Maltings, Newton Abbot, Devon
Where our barley is malted, at Tuckers Maltings, Newton Abbot, Devon

Read more about Tuckers Maltings.

Where the malted barley is turned into 'beer wash' at Dartmoor Brewery
Where the malted barley is turned into 'beer wash' at Dartmoor Brewery

 

 Read more about Dartmoor Brewery.

The Distillery Building

Built in 1866, Bovey Tracey Town Hall is a Grade ll listed building set on an island in the heart of Bovey Tracey, the gateway to Dartmoor. Over the last 150 years, the building has been home to our Town Council, a fire station, a cinema, and civic hall. With plans to relocate to a new purpose built civic centre, the Town Hall has become increasingly redundant and in need of a new lease of life.

The Town Hall, Bovey Tracey. Photo taken approximately 100 years ago.
The Town Hall, Bovey Tracey. Photo taken approximately 100 years ago.

Dartmoor Whisky Distillery have taken on the custodianship of this historic building and given it a new purpose, whilst restoring and maintaining its heritage.

The photo depicts the distillation area and no one has looked out of the windows in the image above for more than 50 years
The photo depicts the distillation area and no one has looked out of the windows in the image above for more than 50 years

In the old police station you will soon find our visitor's arrival centre and souvenir shop, whilst in the main hall you will see our still operating, our visitors centre attraction and a bar/bistro/café.

 

 

Future vision for the Distillery's building.
Future vision for the Distillery's building.

The Bottle

We have a visual design of our beautiful bottle, a strong brand and much interest from buyers and whisky lovers from around the world. 

Dartmoor Whisky Single Malt
Dartmoor Whisky Single Malt

 Our visual identity was inspired by our famous wild Dartmoor Ponies. 

Our Famous Wild Dartmoor Ponies
Our Famous Wild Dartmoor Ponies

Rewards 

 This Dartmoor Whisky Hip Flask is made from strong and sturdy Stainless Steel with a screw tight lid. Fill with your favourite tipple for a warming sip whilst out in the countryside.

This Dartmoor Distillery T-Shirt is made from 100% cotton and is a great way of showing off that you helped launch one of England's very few whisky distilleries.

This Dartmoor Whisky Glass is a nosing glass for whisky. Its tulip shape really brings out the flavour and scent from the whisky. 

This 'Front Row' Dartmoor Distillery Rugby Shirt is made from thick premium cotton and gives you bragging rights that you helped get Dartmoor Whisky Distillery off of the ground.

Thank you all for reading about our project. Please share this project with your friends, family, and co-workers and help get Dartmoor Whisky Distillery off the ground. There are social media links near the top of the project page.

Join our Facebook page to keep up to date with our progress: https://www.facebook.com/Dartmoordistillery/

Risks and challenges

We have already purchased our premises and our distillation equipment, and we are in the process of installing our still, so that we will be producing spirit by autumn. This has been fully funded by us, the founders, with no borrowing what so ever. We hope this demonstrates our commitment to the project.

We are guided by our master distiller, Mr Frank McHardy. Research him to see what tremendous expertise and credibility he brings to our distillery.

Both Greg Millar, and Simon Crow have proven track record in starting and running their previous and current businesses. Andrew Clough, our third founder is a professional accountant.

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    You're invited to our exclusive Founder's Only Distillation Event at the distillery. This includes a buffet lunch.

    You will be there for the founders' first public distillation and you will receive a Dartmoor Whisky etched glass to take home with you.

    We expect this to take place between August and December 2016.

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    Your name will be shared on our founder's page. You will receive a personalised, signed postcard and two tickets to visit Dartmoor Whisky Distillery (no expiry).

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    GROUP WHISKY PROCESS TOUR (Price for 1 Person)

    Spend the day with founders, Greg & Simon and learn all about whisky production.

    Starting at The Edgemoor Hotel, just a mile from our Distillery, we will take you to see the barley fields where the process starts. From there we will visit Tuckers Maltings to see the malting process, before enjoying lunch at one of Dartmoor's fine pubs. After lunch we will continue on to Dartmoor Brewery to see where the malted barley is turned into ‘wash’.

    We will conclude the day at Dartmoor Whisky Distillery and finish up with a three course meal at The Edgemoor Hotel.

    This package includes one night's stay at The Edgemoor Hotel and a hearty breakfast the next morning.

    You will have a Dartmoor Whisky etched glass and Dartmoor Whisky T-Shirt to take home with you.

    Approximate date: January - March 2017 (Excluding Valentine's).

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    GROUP WHISKY PROCESS TOUR (2 People)

    Spend the day with founders, Greg & Simon and learn all about whisky production.

    Starting at The Edgemoor Hotel, just a mile from Dartmoor Whisky Distillery, we will take you to see the barley fields where the process starts. From there we will visit Tuckers Maltings to see the malting process, before enjoying lunch at one of Dartmoor's fine pubs. After lunch we will continue on to Dartmoor Brewery to see where the malted barley is turned into ‘wash’.

    We will conclude the day at Dartmoor Whisky Distillery and finish up with a three course meal at The Edgemoor Hotel.

    This package includes one night's stay for two people at The Edgemoor Hotel and a hearty breakfast the next morning.

    You will each have a Dartmoor Whisky etched glass and Dartmoor Whisky T-Shirt to take home with you.

    Approximate date: January - March 2017 (Excluding Valentine's).

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    3 DAY DISTILLATION COURSE

    Attend our exclusive 3 Day Distillation Course, with founders, Greg & Simon and the famous Frank McHardy.

    We will be hosting just four distillation courses each year, for ten people on each course.

    Starting at The Edgemoor Hotel, just one mile from Dartmoor Whisky Distillery, we will take you to see the famous 'Bowerman's Nose', which will be the name of our first whisky. Next we will head to the barley fields where the whisky process starts. From there we will visit Tuckers Maltings to see the malting process, before enjoying lunch at one of Dartmoor's famous pubs.

    After lunch we will continue on to Dartmoor Brewery to see where the malted barley is turned into ‘wash’. Day one will conclude at The Distillery for an introduction to Dartmoor Whisky Distillery.

    After a hearty dinner, you will have a good night's sleep at The Edgemoor Hotel (edgemoor.co.uk), where you will also have breakfast the next morning.

    Day two will commence at The Distillery, where you will see the still being charged and the process of primary distillation taking place. The morning will continue by you each experimenting with your own still to produce ‘low wines’.

    After lunch you will conduct your second distillation to produce your finished spirit. Here you will experience first hand the meaning of ‘heads, hearts, and tails’ and the importance of cutting your spirit at the right time. Next we head back to The Edgemoor Hotel for dinner.

    Day three will conclude the course by you seeing the second distillation which will produce the finished spirit, ready for maturation in the barrels. In the afternoon, there will be professional photographs taken which you will be able to take home with you, signed by Frank McHardy. You will depart, taking with you the spirit of Dartmoor, your distiller's apron and course certificate.

    The courses will begin in November 2016, but you could also book in 2017 and beyond.

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    Hold an exclusive event at Dartmoor Whisky Distillery for up to 50 people. This will include canapés and entertainment. We will work with you to tailor this event to suit you.

    At this level of pledge, you will be named on our Founders' Plaque in the distillery.

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