Peterborough gets first gin micro-distillery

Gin lovers Leigh Taylor and John Morris have turned their love for gin into Peterborough’s new micro-distillery.
Jo and John Morris, Leigh Taylor and Shelley Cash the team behind Nene Valley Spirits.Jo and John Morris, Leigh Taylor and Shelley Cash the team behind Nene Valley Spirits.
Jo and John Morris, Leigh Taylor and Shelley Cash the team behind Nene Valley Spirits.

Leigh is a self-taught distiller and being furloughed during lockdown inspired him and local gin enthusiast John Morris to launch Nene Valley Spirits, which will be based in the renovated artisan courtyard at Sacrewell Farm.

John said: “I have always been interested in launching a micro-distillery and after meeting Leigh and learning about his passion and ambition for a gin business I didn’t hesitate to get involved.

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“It is a great opportunity and the fact that we will be located at Sacrewell Farm is a huge bonus for us as they are working through ambitious plans for renovations and have been extremely supportive in helping us to get up and running”.

The pair reached out to gin connoisseurs across the country, sending out tasters to gain feedback for their two gins before launch.

Leigh added: “We initially sent out the tasters and were amazed with the feedback. Knowing that gin experts love what we created gave us the confidence and motivation to turn this into a real business venture. We are delighted to be able to open our doors at Sacrewell Farm and the support and feedback from locals and online has blown us away.”

Nene Valley Spirits is the first micro-distillery to be based in Peterborough and the Nene Valley region. It will open in early December (subject to Government guidelines) with the launch of two distinctive gins; Ermine Street, a handcrafted gin inspired by the picturesque Nene Valley and its Roman Heritage, and Colibri, a gin inspired by Head Distiller Leigh’s extensive travels through Latin America.

You can register your interest online now to receive exclusive priority access to be able to purchase the gins before the distillery opens at www.nenevalleyspirits.co.uk in early December.