Copeland Gin to launch tours of new Donaghadee distillery

Copeland Distillery founder, Gareth Irvine, with a bottle of his new gin

A CO DOWN gin business has begun distilling its own clear spirit for the first time thanks to a £900,000 move to new premises.

Copeland Distillery, formerly based in Saintfield, Co Down, first began selling gin in 2016.

It became known for infused gins including rhubarb and blackberry, and raspberry and mint.

The business's move to Donaghadee has allowed it to begin distilling its own clear gin, which went on sale across Northern Ireland yesterday.

It also aims to distil its own brand of single cask Irish whiskey.

Tours of the 6,500 sq ft distillery on Manor Street in the Co Down seaside village will launch to the public early next month.

The distillery has taken a 125-year lease on its new premises - a former picture house and community centre which had lain vacant for 20 years.

The business operates with a core team of five people but aims to create more jobs in the near future.

Copeland Distillery founder Gareth Irvine said he was proud to have restored the premises following more than ten months of building work.

"Our personal and immersive tours will share our passion for Northern Ireland with visitors and offer them the opportunity to understand more about our portfolio and our distillation process, with some tasting along the way," he said.

"The Distillery is now a permanent home for our brand and will allow us to move into new categories such as whiskey and more imminently our newest gin, our first clear, classic expression which is already in distribution locally and will soon join our other products throughout Europe and in Australia."

He said the business will begin producing its first whiskey later this year.

Tours of the distillery, priced £12.50 per person, will begin from September 12 (book at

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