Thomas Dakin Gin to open new distillery in Manchester city Centre
THE GIN’S NAMESAKE, THOMAS DAKIN, WORKED IN WARRINGTON IN THE 18TH CENTURY AND WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENGLISH AND LONDON DRY GIN AND THIS IS WHERE THE DISTILLERY TAKES ITS INSPIRATION.
‘Inspired by his passion, commitment to craft and his entrepreneurial attitude, the team behind the new distillery plan to produce gins that Dakin would be proud to put his name to today, combining traditional techniques employed by Dakin himself centuries ago, with pioneering modern methods to break new ground in craft gin.’
The ‘gin boom’ is still going strong in the UK. With this in mind, the distillery anticipates 70, 000 thirsty patrons to visit the distillery in the first year alone.
The glass fronted distillery will reside on Lloyd street and as visitors step inside they will be greeted with three beautiful copper pot stills (capable of producing 1 million bottles of Gin!). However you won’t just go there to see the gin making process. It’ll operate as a venue as well; accommodating an events space and a distillery bar; so you can enjoy Thomas Dakin gin in your favourite cocktails. Settling in well with the nightlife around the Lloyd Street area; new comers Speak in Code, and Hawksmoor for example.
Thomas Dakin gin has picked up a number of awards since it’s release in 2015, most notably Best British London Dry Gin in The Gin Masters 2018 and it has become a mainstay amongst gin aficionados. Whilst it is traditional London Dry Style, it has an unusual ingredient, ‘Red Cole’ or horseradish for those in the know. (An ingredient often used in the 18th century for its ‘refreshing’ profile.)
There are a number of quality Northern Gins making waves on the gin-scene; particularly from Manchester and the North West. That’s because there is a rich heritage of making gin in this region, something that seems a touch forgotten. David Hume, Director of Thomas Dakin at brand owner, Quintessential Brands Group, comments;
“Dakin was a true visionary of his day and the distillery will continue Thomas Dakin’s great gin-making legacy, while highlighting to the world the Northwest’s important place in the colourful history of gin.”
Education will be a big feature of the Distillery’s day-to-day activity says Global Brand Ambassador for Thomas Dakin, Alix Walker;
“We are in the process planning a Bartender Academy…with potential for supporting distiller training sessions for wider skill-set for the industry.”