How we make York Gin
To make York Gin, we use the traditional, centuries-old method of vapour infusion in a copper still.
Pure alcohol is heated in the still (essentially a very large kettle) to become a vapour. This vapour passes through a large basket of carefully chosen botanicals (herbs and spices which must include juniper berries). This vapour condenses into liquid form again - a very strong gin!
During the dilution stage, we use the purest, filtered Yorkshire water and the 'hearts' (the highest quality liquid from the vapour infusion process).
The hearts are diluted until the gin is the required strength. (42.5% ABV for all but Outlaw at 57%.)
Our traditional, labour-intensive techniques create consistently excellent gins.
The York Gin distillery is run on sustainable principles, using 100% green energy from the sea, sun and wind. No waste goes to landfill and we are plastic free.
Ingredients: faithful to tradition, world’s best, local where possible
We create gins embodying the centuries of English gin-making traditions. So, we use botanicals available during the first Gin Craze of the 18th Century.
And we use only the very best and ethically-sourced botanicals: juniper berries from Macedonia, peppercorns from Sri Lanka, grains of paradise from Ghana …
We buy local wherever possible: pure alcohol from grain grown on Yorkshire farms and distilled in Yorkshire.
Our Old Tom’s sugar syrup contains Yorkshire herbs and Yorkshire Rose created by the Michelin-starred Star Inn, Harome. And Yorkshire's famous Forced Rhubarb goes into York Gin Rhubarb.
The York Gin Range
York Gin London Dry
Nine botanicals used by English gin makers for over 300 years come together to form a complex and satisfying classic.
York Gin London Dry is all about the perfect balancing of flavours - a smooth, rounded go-to gin that defies fashions and fads.
York Gin London Dry is vapour infused in a traditional copper still to ensure absolute consistency of taste.
Good Housekeeping Best Gin of the Year, 2023.
York Gin Old Tom
York Gin Old Tom is a Victorian-style dry gin, very slightly sweetened with a herb-infused sugar syrup made in the kitchen of the Michelin-starred Star Inn, Harome.
A multiple gold-winning gin, including Best English Old Tom Gin at the World Gin Awards 2020 and 2021.
'One of the best gins in the world.' - Spirits Kiosk
York Gin Outlaw Navy Strength
York Gin Outlaw, a Navy Strength 57% gin, pushes the boundaries, as did the city's villains, Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin and 'Yorkshire Witch' Mary Bateman. Stronger flavours; higher alcohol - enjoy York Gin Outlaw with ice, tonic ... and care. The incredibly smooth finish to this over-proof gin led to it winning Best English Navy at the World Gin Awards 2021.
York Gin Roman Fruit
A strikingly deep red gin infused with fruits and flowers associated with Ancient Rome - including strawberries, raspberries, apples and hibiscus. The fruit infusion sits in our London Dry gin for over two weeks to ensure a rich hue and complex flavour. No sugar is added to this dry, juniper-led gin.
York Gin Rhubarb
York Gin Rhubarb celebrates this quintessentially English flavour - delightfully sweet and fruity tanginess. Fresh Yorkshire rhubarb combines beautifully with seven classic botanicals to create complexity, depth and balance. The natural sugar syrup added after distillation provides just the right level of sweetness.
York Gin Chocolate & Orange
This gin is inspired by the Terry’s Chocolate Orange, invented in York in 1932 and made in the city until 2005.
Using the finest dried cocoa beans and freshest oranges, this gin isn’t sweetened, but has rich chocolate notes - and a zesty orange twist.
'Exquisite in an Espresso Martini' - Sunday Telegraph