Celtic Spirit (Exhibitor of the Week)

Nottingham Food FestivalCeltic Spirit is the oldest spirit company in Wales. “We produce high quality Spirits and Liqueurs from age old family recipes, dating back to the 1890s.

We have won Awards at the Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards for our  Black Mountain and Danzy Jones Liqueurs and are extremely proud to have received “Gold” at Wales’ most prestigious food awards the True Taste Awards for Danzy Jones.

“We don’t usually associate whisky making with Wales, but it is a matter of record that during the 4th century distilling was taking place on Bardsey Island, off the North Wales coast, and during the 18th century two commercial whisky distilleries operated in Pembrokeshire and Cardigan.

In 1887 a large distillery was established at Bala in North Wales, but fell victim to the growing temperance movement of the early 20th century, closing in 1906. However, the art of Welsh whisky distillation was revived in 2000 by the Welsh Whisky Company which produces a single malt in their Penderyn distillery in the Brecon Beacons.

So much for whisky, but for centuries, a range of spirits has been produced in the southern Marches, the borderland between England and Wales, using the fruits of the Wye and Usk valleys. Originally developed as cordials, these distillations were taken as pick-me-ups and stimulants, and as they were very strong, they were measured out carefully by the spoonful and then taken in one gulp, usually after dinner, as an aid to digestion.

As time went on, making these cordials became a tradition, passed on through generations and handed down in family recipes. In 1995 Ben Jones, who owned a farm in Abergavenny, decided to distil apple brandy from the apples growing in his orchard, using a local recipe. This was the start of the Celtic Spirit Company Ltd, which now offers a range of liqueurs, Celtic Poteen and whiskies, though the whiskies are sourced not in Wales but the Scottish Highlands. ” Taken from ‘The Whisky Pages

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