County Durham Gin & Distillery Guide
On This Page: County Durham Gin and Distillery directory, reviews and tasting notes, distillery tours and gin schools in County Durham, interviews with County Durham distillers.
County Durham has a relatively short history of commercial distilling, with Durham Distillery being the first to be established in 2014. Since then, Country Durham has raced to an impressive 7 gin distilleries in total. There is a wealth of inspiration in the county for the distillers too, from the North Pennines to the west, the North Sea coast to the east, and an abundance of countryside and historical locations in between. Two of the 7 gin distilleries are also open to the public for tours, tastings and gin making experiences.
County Durham Gin Reviews - A to Z
Dragon Slayer Gin
Dragon Slayer Distillery was established by father and daughter Paul and Yasmin Gibson in 2021 in Low Dinsdale near Darlington. Their flagship gin, Sir John Conyers Gin, features botanicals including lemon, orange and lavender, and is inspired by the local folklore of dragon slayer Sir John Conyers. Their range also includes Sir John Lambton Strawberry & Mint Gin.
PitWheel Distillery was established by the Rickard family in 2019 in Wingate. Their flagship gin, PitWheel Classic Dry Gin, was launched in 2020 and the name and imagery are inspired by Wingate's mining history and the town's Pit Wheel monument that commemorates this history. Their range includes their Classic Dry Gin, Navy Strength Gin, Oak Aged Orange & Ginger Gin, Original Spiced Gin and Raspberry & Vanilla Gin.
The Herbal Gin Co
The Herbal Gin Co's distillery was established in 2020 in Newton Aycliffe by founders Wayne Richardson and Colin Scott. Uniquely the distillery is located in their aviation themed bar which features a full-size helicopter and other memorabilia. Alongside their classic Diamond Gin, they produce an extensive range of flavoured gins.
For more gins from County Durham:
- Durham Gin - Durham Distillery, Durham
- Steel River Gin - Steel River Distillery, Stockton-on-Tees
- WL Distillery Gin - WL Distillery, South Hetton
Distillery Tours & Gin Schools in County Durham
Just two of the wonderful distilleries in County Durham are open to visitors for tours, tastings or gin making experiences, which make for the ideal experience for gin lovers living in or visiting County Durham.
Meet the Makers
Get to know some of County Durham's finest gin creators and distillers in our 'Meet the Maker' interviews. Find out what inspired them and how they created and launched their gin, how it's made, what botanicals are used, what you can experience if you visit their distilleries, how best to serve their gins, and what they have planned for the future:
PitWheel Distillery - Wingate
"Our distillery is located within our home in the form of a garage conversion. It is relatively compact, however it fits the ‘micro-distillery’ aspect perfectly. The main garage conversion hosts the Rectification Room and is where the magic happens. We then have a large packing room directly above which allows storage of all materials in order to suitably package and dispatch our products to both trade and consumer." - Founders, Derrick & Charlotte Rickard
The Herbal Gin Company - Newton Aycliffe
"As our distillery is co-located with our Aviation themed bar (The Aviator Gin Bar), our visitors can relax in the bar while tasting our extensive range of gins paired with Fever-Tree tonic, all while sat in airline seats looking at the full-sized helicopter and other cool aviation related items which the bar is constructed of." - Founder, Wayne Richardson