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About Essex Spirits Co.

Founded in 2020 Essex Spirits Company is Chelmsford's first operating distillery (to the best of our knowledge anyway). Our aim is to create the finest in distilled spirits for the local Essex communities - we do this by incorporating years of hospitality experience, a zero waste sustainability ethos & the most cutting edge modern distillation methods to get the most out of our ingredients.

Essex Spirits Company was founded as a local business with a focus on supporting, championing and suppling the finest of the county's bars & restaurants as well as its population.

We currently operate as a 'micro distillery' (we're very small). This means that every drop of liquid that passes through our distillery goes through the highest quality controls & tests - our promise to you is that every millilitre is distilled, bottled and carefully crafted by hand, by us.

Find us in your community

The Lion inn

Main Rd,
Boreham,
Chelmsford
CM3 3JA
www.lioninnhotel.co.uk

The swan inn felsted

Station Rd,
Great Dunmow,
Felsted,
CM6 3DG
www.the-swan-inn.co.uk

The cock pub & kitchen

218 High St,
Chipping Ongar,
Ongar
CM5 9AB
www.thecockongar.co.uk

The blue Lion

Tabors Hill,
Great Baddow,
Chelmsford
CM2 7BT
www.blueliongreatbaddow.co.uk

The hoop at stock

The Hoop,
21 High St, Stock,
Ingatestone
CM4 9BD
www.thehoop.co.uk

coffee squared

61 Centenary Way,
Beaulieu Square,
Chelmsford
CM1 6AU
www.coffeesquaredbeaulieu.co.uk

Pig & whistle

Chignal Road,
Chelmsford
CM1 4SZ
www.pigandwhistlechelmsford.uk

kintsu

11a North Hill,
Colchester
CO1 1DZ
www.kintsu.co.uk

ACanteen

35 New London Rd,
Chelmsford
CM2 0ND
www.acanteen.co.uk

Marks tey hotel

London Rd,
Marks Tey,
Colchester
CO6 1DU
www.marksteyhotel.co.uk

two brews

37 Crouch St,
Colchester
CO3 3EN
www.twobrews.co.uk

leigh-on-sea brewery

35 Progress Rd,
Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea,
Leigh-on-Sea
SS9 5PR
www.leighonseabrewery.co.uk

liquorice

65 Hutton Rd,
Shenfield,
Brentwood
CM15 8JD
www.liquoricewine.co.uk

luckin's wine store

9 Market Pl,
Great Dunmow,
Dunmow
CM6 1AX
www.luckinswinestore.co.uk

Dan Hull Farm Shop

Burnham Rd,
Chelmsford
CM3 6DT
www.danhullfarmshop.com

the hop shop

124 North St,
Hornchurch
RM11 1SU
www.hopinnhornchurch.co.uk

Our values

we strive to create remarkable spirits that are locally sourced, handcrafted and sustainable.

Locally Sourced

The Essex spirits company is a local business, meaning we will commit to creating local jobs while supplying our products to the best establishments in the local & surrounding areas.

Being a local business we want word of mouth to spread our products to every corner of the county. As the saying goes, we’re only as good as our last bottle and we want that to be good enough to make you want to tell others. So, we use only the finest base botanicals, spirits and ingredients from dedicated & hand-picked partners that are local business’ (wherever possible). Our promise to you is that every bottle will be hand-made & checked by us; if it isn’t good enough, it won’t leave the distillery.


Handcrafted

From macerating our botanicals which includes sometimes foraging for them, distilling the liquid and finally labelling & numbering of bottles there isn’t a single product with the ‘Essex Spirits Co’ logo that hasn’t been through our hands. We also pride ourselves on delivering directly to local bars & restaurants to forge strong relationships that are beneficial for everyone.


Sustainability

We are unapologetically focused on reducing our waste as much as possible! Here’s some of the steps we take:

  • Low energy distillation (See ‘Distilling Methods’)
  • Our bottles are designed to be enjoyed again and again. They can either be used practically around the home or you can refill them with our refillable pouch program!
  • Our refill pouches are delivered with pre-paid return stamps so you can send them back for us to reuse them where possible!
  • Any pouches or items that cannot be reused are sent to terra cycle (a fantastic company that recycles items most collections won’t take – check them out!)
  • Using only recyclable packaging solutions (no plastic is used in our packaging or on our bottles – other than the label which is designed to last as long as the bottles!)
  • Reusing every spent item where possible – we are currently exploring turning our spent botanicals into other exciting products!
  • It doesn’t stop there, we have a commitment to using exclusively electric vehicles by 2021, and are currently planning for solar energy to power our distillery.

Distilling Methods

Over the past few years there has been a huge explosion in spirits companies (particularly gin) – we guarantee that we will never use an external distiller or bottler.

Rather than a traditional copper pot still we use a modern ‘rotary evaporator’ this is a piece of equipment that allows us to distil under vacuum. A traditional pot still requires the liquid within to be heated to around 80 degrees Celsius – while we can achieve distillation at temperatures of just 40 degrees Celsius. What does this mean? Well it’s less aggressive to the more delicate flavours & botanicals – but perhaps more importantly it allows us to use less energy when distilling, which is of course great for the planet. Does it mean our gin is better than those distilled in copper ? That’s not for us to say – it’s for you to decide.

Local Legends

we want to hear from you!

is there someone in your community who goes above and beyond for good causes?

does that person work hard to support their family, friends or community and deserve a g&t at the end of the day?

Then let us know about them. every month we choose a local legend that is doing some good in their community to receive a few gin & tonics on us!

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E: ginfo@essexspiritsco.com

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The Team
Essex Spirits Co.