New Gin Wins Awards

Gin is becoming more and more popular with new distilleries popping up regularly. Now a Sunderland Distillery – Poetic License Independent Small Batch Distillery – has won 2 prestigious awards within a month from the launch of the products.

The distillery is based at the Best Western’s Roker Hotel in Sunderland, where the 500-litre pot still, called Gracie, is on show to the customers at the bar.

Not only did Poetic License’s Old Tom Gin won Gin of the Year at the Craft Distillery Expo, held at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, London last month but their Northern Dry Gin was also awarded.

Mark Hird, who set up the company, said: “We are blown away with how well the spirits have been received and in such a short space of time. They were in development for a year before they were launched, so to finally have them out there and for people to rate them highly is just superb.”

Mark went on to say, “Gin is huge at the moment. We’re miles apart from a mainstream brand such as Gordon’s both in product quality and scale. People are starting to seek out different and more pronounced flavour which you only tend to get from small producers like us.”

The Roker Hotel is probably the first distillery bar in the country, outside London. Poetic License also produces Graceful Vodka and the company has big plans for more products such as rums and absinthe, as well as more limited edition gins and vodkas. They currently supply venues in the North East but hope to be a national supplier before too long.

Dates for the 4th Craft Distilling Expo have already been announced: Wednesday 5 October 2016 and Thursday 6 October 2016. There will also be off-site workshops on 3,4 and 7 October 2016. If you are interested in this growing market, then check out

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