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Brewery and distillery team up to create a ‘carbon neutral whisky’

A new ‘carbon neutral’ whisky is set to be created by a partnership between two Yorkshire drink experts.

And you can be part of it.

After a successful launch year, Stamford Bridge-based Ellers Farm Distillery is to launch its Founder’s Release Cask Investment Programme, in collaboration with iconic Masham brewery, T&R Theakston.

The partnership was born from a shared passion for excellence and will see a strictly limited release of just 38 casks of carbon neutral new world whisky.

Managing director Andy Braithwaite of Ellers Farm Distillery said: “There’s something very special about whisky.

“In a world that is increasingly focused on instant gratification and demand through things like social media and an ‘always on’ culture, having something that you must simply wait for builds a genuine anticipation.

“This is a great opportunity for people to invest in a very special collaboration that benefits from a unique set of circumstances, in a sustainable and highly original way.

“We’re proud of our Yorkshire roots, and the T&R Theakston collaboration is a true reflection of what can be achieved when experience meets innovation.”

Award-winning spirits

Simon Theakston. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Master distiller Jamie Baggott has been responsible for developing a multitude of award-winning spirits, including the renowned Ballykeefe first release single malt and traditional pot still Irish whiskies.

He says he has “taken all of my knowledge and experience and put it into the creation of our new whisky venture”.

Joint MD of Theakston’s Simon Theakston said: “In the brewing industry it is said that expertise comes with years of practise, but perfection takes a little longer.

“After nearly 200 years of brewing in Masham we think we know what it takes to brew the perfect ‘distiller’s beer’ for our collaboration whisky partners.

“We have been working with our colleagues at Ellers Farm on this project for some time now. We each identified early in our discussions a potent bringing together of skills, experience and heritage, anchored in the fields of our county, something so very special.

“We are at the dawn of a most exciting journey to create a Yorkshire whisky of unimpeachable provenance, authenticity and character, and are thrilled to be involved.”

Ownership of a cask from the Founder’s Release Investment Programme comes with benefits including an annual report on the cask’s maturation journey with tasting notes and a certificate of ownership.

Each cask costs £8,000, which includes the costs of purchasing the cask, 200 litres of new make spirit and all costs associated with the warehousing, insuring and management of the cask for a five-year period. Additional fees apply as part of the bottling process.

Find out more at the website.

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