I was warmly welcomed by Liveryman Andrew Nelstropp and his team at The English Whisky Company in Roudham, Norfolk on January 19th, the second of twelve distillery visits that I’m doing in my year to raise awareness and funding for our 350th Anniversary Appeal.
Accompanied by Lucy Marcuson from The Drinks Trust, one of our Distillers Charity partners, Andrew kindly took the time to tour us around the site and explain the farming, brewing and distilling history of the Nelstropp family. Andrew is co-founder and Chairman of today’s business, with a thriving production of whiskies with no shortage of consumers.
The footage below shows Andrew bottling a special bottle of English Malt, from Bourbon cask, and kindly donated to my Master’s Case for the 350. He has also kindly agreed to donate £1,000 on selected bottles with the 350th Distillers logo to come to our Appeal
I would like to extend my thanks to Andrew for his generosity of time, money and spirit !
I was so thrilled to get my 350th Anniversary Appeal distillery visits underway at The East London Liquor Company. They were wonderful hosts and thanks to founder, Alex Wolpert for his kind hospitality and welcome.
I thoroughly enjoyed tasting their new 2021 East London Liquor Co Single Malt.
They have very kindly agreed to support to my Master’s 350th Anniversary Appeal by way of contributions from future bottle sales in 2022. This is just magnificent support and a great way to kick off our 350th Anniversary celebrations!
To find out more about the 350th Appeal, why we’re doing it, who it’s helping and how you can donate or get involved with fundraising for it please visit the dedicated page on the website: distillers.org.uk/charity/350-appeal
Please view the video message which gives full details about The Master’s 350th Anniversary Appeal where we will raise funds to support our charitable aims, continuing the great work that has been done by the Worshipful Company of Distillers at the heart of the spirits industry.
The Distillers Velo Club to cycle 350 Miles for our 350th Anniversary and The Distillers Charity
The Distillers’ Velo Club was informally founded in 2020 with the creation of The Distillers’ 500 charity cycle which took place in September 2020. This event saw 7 riders, led by IPM, Kenny Mackay, cycle 500 miles from Auchterarder to Mansion House over 7 days (supported by Kathy Mackay and Jonathan Driver), raising over £40,000 for Onside Youth Zone in Barkham and Dagenham.
In July 2021, another group of 7 DVC riders – including 5 from The Distillers 500 ride – took part in “The Master’s Challenge 2021 -The Longest Day”, a 134 mile cycle around Perthshire in a single day, and raised £21,000 which was split between Girl Guiding in Perthshire and Onside Youth Zone in Barkham and Dagenham.
As part of the 350th anniversary celebrations of the Company being granted “livery” status, we are an audacious charity cycle tour – The Cognac 350 – starting at Mansion House, London, and finishing at the Town Hall in Cognac, France – some 350 miles away – whilst raising £40,000 for charity!
The purpose of The Cognac 350 covers three distinct areas that align with the aims and objectives of the Worshipful Company of Distillers:
Charity – raising £40,000 for good causes in line with The Distiller’s Charity objectives. In the coming months we will finalise the charities that will benefit from The Cognac 350 but it is likely that Onside Youth Zone in Barking and Dagenham will be at least one of the beneficiaries.
Industry – as an outcome of the tour, we hope to be able to establish strong links to the distilling industry in Cognac. On the last day of the tour there will be an opportunity to visit Cognac distillers we are also planning a “gala dinner” in Cognac on the final evening.
Fellowship – as those that took part in The Distillers 500, we hope to create lasting friendships and memories for those liverymen participating in the tour through the shared endeavour of a cycling challenge and having the opportunity to sample local drinks and cuisine along the way.
The outline tour details are set out below but will be finalised in the coming months and will also be dependent on the number of riders that sign up.
May 25 – 31st May/1st June 2022
6/7 day tour (5 days cycling (circa 60/70 miles per day) and a half in Cognac)
Up to 20 riders (meaning 5 riding groups of 4)
2/3 Support crew (incl. minibus driver)
Route – subject to detailed route planning
Likely cost, per rider, to participate will be in the region of £800 – £1000.
We are now looking for expressions of interest from Liveryman and friends to take part in this exciting adventure and one or two Liverymen to take the lead on the detailed planning. If you are interested in taking part or helping to take the lead on the planning, please contact Kenny Mackay and James Higgins.