Spirit of Manchester Distillery prepares its first whiskey
The Spirit of Manchester Distillery has announced its launch into the whiskey market, marked by the introduction of its OnePointSix English Whisky. Named after Leonardo Fibonacci’s golden ratio, the single malt will be cask later this month, with the first bottle due out towards the end of 2025.
Thanks to its carbon-neutral custom 750-litre copper still, OnePointSix will have a longer than average four-day fermentation period, combining roasted and baked English malts. The barrels will be aged for over three years in an outside warehouse, with the barrels consisting of first fill bourbon, red wine and sherry casks.
In collaboration with JW Lees Brewery, fresh yeast for the product was obtained, in particular a 5,000th generation yeast dating back 30 years.
The distillery is expected to invest over £1million in production after what has been described as a period of accelerated growth for the distillery. This is the largest product investment the company has made since its founding in 2016.
Seb Heeley-Wiggins, Master Distiller and Co-Founder of The Spirit of Manchester, said: “We have watched with interest the performance of the UK whiskey market and are proud to be at the forefront of this trend. The malts we sourced are often used in the brewing world, which allowed us to be much more experimental and innovative in the flavor profile we created. We believe we’ll deliver something completely new to the market, and we’re excited to launch it to the public in 2025. Our OnePointSix Founders Club and investor opportunities will allow us to take our customers on this journey with us, and we’re very excited to provide more details on both this fall.
The growth of whiskey in England continues, with the new English Whiskey Guild saying the volume of spirits produced in England is set to increase by 189% by 2023 compared to its 2019 figures, with a forecast increase of 418% in the number of bottles sold. between the same period.
July 13, 2022 – Bethany Whymark