SPIRIT OF YORKSHIRE Filey Bay Flagship Yorkshire Single Malt Whisky
There can’t be many counties with a stronger spirit and sense of identity than Yorkshire. Now it has its first Single Malt Whisky made from field to bottle in Yorkshire using 100% homegrown barley.
As the name suggests Filey Bay Flagship showcases the gorgeous house style of the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery. Matured in first-fill Bourbon casks it’s breezy and creamy with a decidedly summery feel to it. Pouring a dram seems to release sunshine clean country air and notes of orange blossom honey gingerbread orange peel orchard fruit (think peaches apples apricots and pears) walnut baklava cookie dough peppered water biscuits and vanillary oak. They clearly run a tight ship because everything is perfectly in place here. Flagship is ship-shape and Yorkshire fashion.
The Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery can be found in the village of Hunmanby just a few miles from Filey Bay on the Yorkshire coast. It’s the county’s first ever Single Malt Whisky producer and they do things properly from grain to glass but definitely their own way. But they did get a little help from the late great Dr Jim Swan a celebrated whisky maker who was described as “the Einstein of whisky” and who was instrumental in setting up a raft of other great distilleries including Nc’nean Cotswolds Kavalan Penderyn Kilchoman Victoria Caledonian and Milk & Honey. He helped them ensure that they were making something unique that reflected the local area not just a carbon copy of Scotch. The barley is grown in Hunmanby on the family farm so you can’t get much more local and hands on than that. The water is drawn through chalk from deep beneath the Yorkshire Wolds. One of the only things they bring in from outside the county is the oak for which they source the finest barrels from around the world. The bottles are embossed with a gannet a fearless bird that has flourished in this part of Yorkshire. We think that’s kind of fitting because it also perfectly describes the way we hungrily gobble down each new Filey Bay outturn.
SKU No.: 3354075
Style No.: 851761
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 46%