By Sophie Smith

Web Editor

Gin lovers set up Peterborough's first micro-distillery

Local residents Leigh Taylor and John Morris have turned their love for gin into a new micro-distillery during lockdown. 

Opening in early December (subject to government guidelines), the pair will launch their new gins at the newly renovated Artisan Courtyard at Sacrewell Farm. 

Leigh is a self-taught distiller and after being furloughed during lockdown, he and fellow local gin enthusiast John Morris were inspired to launch Nene Valley Spirits. 

John Morris said: "I have always been interested in launching a micro-distillery and after meeting Leigh and learning about his passion and ambition for a gin business, I didn't hesitate to get involved.

"It is a great opportunity and the fact that we will be located at Sacrewell Farm is a huge bonus for us as they are working through ambitious plans for renovations.

"They have been extremely supportive in helping us to get up and running."

Nene Valley Spirits is the first micro-distillery in Peterborough and the Nene Valley region. 

The two gins are called Ermine Street, a handcrafted gin inspired by the picturesque Nene Valley and its Roman Heritage, and Colibri, a gin inspired by head distiller Leigh's extensive travels through Latin America. 

The pair got in touch with gin connoisseurs across the country, by sending out tasters to gain feedback for their two gins before launch. 

Leigh Taylor said: "We initially sent out the tasters and were amazed with the feedback. Knowing that gin experts love what we created gave us the confidence and motivation to turn this into a real business venture. 

"We are delighted to be able to open our doors at Sacrewell Farm and the support and feedback from locals and online has blown us away."

To receive priority access, you can register your interest via the Nene Valley Spirits website, with the option to purchase the gins before the distillery opens in December.  

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