The English Distillery
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Who we are

We’re the original pioneers of English whisky and England’s oldest registered whisky distillery, but we’re actually so much more.

The distillery team with Andrew and Katy Nelstrop on the distilling floor


We’re family-owned and fiercely proud of our roots. We’re Norfolk-born, Norfolk-based, and Norfolk-centred. We may not be the biggest or loudest, but we are the originals (and we believe we’re the best.)

You'll find our whisky on the shelves of shops we admire and that share our values. We pour a little bit of our soul into every single bottle we make, so we’re not going to send it off just anywhere.


We’ve got whisky maturing in our warehouses to last 40 years. Our family’s legacy in farming goes back to 1335 and in whisky to 2007. This isn’t a short-term game; we’re in it for the really, really long haul.


We don’t make good whisky. We make outstanding whisky. If a new bottle doesn’t blow our socks off, it’s not going on the shelves. James Nelstrop's original goal was to create the finest single-malt whisky in England, which remains the benchmark for every bottle we produce.

We make our whisky the old-fashioned way, with traditional equipment, artisan skills and a lot of patience. One of the most important ingredients in a bottle of whisky is time, and we’re not rushing.

"Our vision is to continue to make world-class single malt whisky for generations to come"

We value


In all areas, from ingredients and production to customer service and on-site experiences


We are loyal to traditional processes and doing things the 'right' way


We are constantly striving to improve in everything we do


We are the pioneers of English whisky, and this spirit is integral to our brand

Our Family

Get to know our brilliant team


We’re thrilled that our whiskies continue to win prestigious and globally recognised awards


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