THE SPIRIT OF WALES
Distilled for You
About The Spirit Of Wales
The Spirit of Wales is distilled in Newport and captures the essence of the Welsh.
A no-nonsense spirit distillery that creates authentic Welsh spirits in Newport. Opened in 2021, the distillery produces affordable premium spirits that embody our Celtic roots and Wales’ industrial heritage of steel production, coal mining, agriculture, and fishing traditions.
Our goal is to create surprising and complex flavours, abstract stories on your palette that give you a piece of home to treasure. In the future, we want to take the Spirit of Wales to the world so they can delight in our narratives of taste too and share our Welsh fire.
Premium distilled passion inspired by the people of Wales. The fiery passion of the Welsh people is found in every bottle of The Spirit of Wales, with a shot of sweet determination and a drop of fire inspired by our dragon.
Find a moment that reminds you of home and or have a taste of our culture. The Spirit of Wales, uncomplicated and unpretentious for all to enjoy.
Igniting the flavour of the dragon
We started in our distillery with a blank canvas to create our space where we conjure up flavours. As a smaller distillery, we get to experiment both logically and creatively to establish world-class spirits with a Welsh twist. Our space has allowed us to put our love for the complexity and variety of distillery experiments we test in a landscape engrained in the culture and into a bottle. It is a mix of quality and creativity reimagined from our lovable rogue, poet W. H. Davies, who saw the delight in the mundane to express his genuine spirit.
As we consistently aim to push the boundaries and create something new that encapsulates a moment in time and a piece of history through our spirits enjoyed today. Join us as we say cheers from the home of our stills, where we provoke botanicals with citrus and delight them with juniper and spiced flavour notes of the dragon.
Visit us at our speakeasy-inspired distillery, reimagined from the perspective of the coal and steelworkers who built the tremendous industrial hubs of Wales, like our beloved Newport. Inspired by the rawness of industry, our team has created a place for you to taste and share the Spirit of Wales.
There are more castles per square mile in Wales than anywhere else in the world, six hundred to be exact. We recently declared our Spirit of Wales’ distillery castle number 601. It is fair to call ourselves a castle when we house sleeping dragons who ignite our spirits.
REIMAGINED AND REFINED
Premium Distillation Process
When we create our refined premium spirits, we juxtapose flavour with various unique raw materials that we process, distil and finish. Then we bottle the Spirit of Wales with our distillery release, and our signature Steeltown and Dragon’s Breath spirits.
We approach flavour from a scientific point-of-view combined with the creative potential in everyday food, spices, smells, and tastes that mix that we reimagine to expose the new.
Cocktails to sample
Mathematician Robert Recorde invented the equals sign, followed by the plus and subtraction signs leading the way for British algebra. His algebra which plays an important role in developing our distillation methods.
Daniel started distilling spirits as a hobby, after growing up in a household where food and cooking were part of everyday life and socialising. Coming from Cornwall and having a Welsh Grandfather, he feels more at home in Wales than anywhere else in the UK. After being inspired by many distilleries and tours in Europe and North America, Daniel discovered the art of distilling his own spirits after falling in love with gin in 2009. With his understanding of botanicals, hedgerow fruits, and fermentation learnt in his mother’s kitchen combined with his endless years of reading books, he now creates new spirit concoctions while running the Spirit of Wales’ Distillery in Newport full time.
Head distiller, James Gibbons, who also has a Welsh grandfather, creates our spirits using logic and creativity. He planned to become a chemical engineer, after his degree and love for food which he inherited from his family, he put this love to work distilling flavours around Europe. James could not bear being away from his Welsh love any longer, so he proposed to her and has plans to stay with us in Newport, her hometown.
Meet the Stills!
Full Flavoured Spirit - Laura
Inspired by James’ sister, Laura, which translates in Latin as the Bay – who would bottle up her own fruity spirit creations every Christmas for James and his family. Laura is a StillDragon 600 litre still built with a Crystal Dragon column and packed with ‘Copper Rivets’, that cleanse and remove any sulphur aromas for a cleaner, full-flavoured Gin. In addition, a North American sourced Botanical Basket, from a specialist Moonshine Still manufacturer, which is used to allow us to infuse delicate floral flavours into our spirited creations.
Versatile Spirit - Ffion
Bespoke Spirit - Rosina
Pure Spirit - Kathrine
Katherine, the Greek word for purity, is also James Mum’s name – who inspired James’ love of Spirits on his visits home from University with her impressive skills in cocktail making. An 80 Litre Eastern Europe sourced specialist Copper still used for smaller batch “clean” spirits, like vodka and specialist Gin.
Signature spirit – TBC (Unnamed)
Our range includes our limited release Distillery Collection.
And our newly launched, Steeltown and Dragon's Breath signature spirits.