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.
we strive to create remarkable spirits that are locally sourced, handcrafted and sustainable.
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.
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.
We are unapologetically focused on reducing our waste as much as possible! Here’s some of the steps we take:
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.
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!