South Wales-based Hensol Castle Distillery announced record-breaking May as it increased the number and production of staff to meet the needs of its award-winning soul.
Production for the distillery reached an all-time high last month, located at Cellar, the only Grade I-listed castle in the UK, topping £ 465,000 excluding duties and VAT, a 20% higher monthly income than before, in November 2021.
The announcement comes as the distillery introduces a second daily shift and creates 12 new full-time roles in production, administration and accounting, bringing the total number of employees to 32.
The distillery produced 285,000 bottles in May for its own brand and contract bottled customers, 40% more than the previous maximum monthly output in November 2021.
Chris Leakey, managing director of Hensol Castle Distillery, said:
“We are on the moon with the continued success of the distillery. It was a challenging start for us, we didn’t start too long before the epidemic started. But we have been able to overcome the turmoil of the last two years to build a business that not only survives, but prospers.
“We opened the distillery to visitors late last year with the launch of our multi-million pound visitor center and already have 8,000 guests at our door. We’re constantly developing our product line to keep our genes fresh and exciting, and industry experts are recognizing them as some of the best in the business. “
Hensol Castle Distillery is the first full-scale gin and spirit distillery and contract bottled plant in South Wales. Since starting production in the spring of 2019, it has enjoyed rapid growth, handling a continuously expanding order book for contract bottling; Along with gin and vodka, Trulo is launching an on-trade collection – a market-defined range of low-calorie liqueurs.
The two latest additions to the distillery range, launched in February this year, are Wild Strawberry and Hibiscus and Blood Orange Zest. They have already set the stage for awards, both of which won silver at the recent London Spirits competition. The distillery’s Hensol Castle Welsh Dry Gin, launched in late 2021, won a gold medal at the Spirit Business Awards.
The Hansol Castle Distillery range is now available across restaurants, pubs and bars, including Hardwick and Pasteur restaurants in South Wales, and has entered into sponsorship agreements with Cardiff City Football Club and Glamorgan Cricket to become the official gin supplier for both clubs.
In addition to gene production, the distillery also provides bottling services on a contract basis and is now bottling a growing number of UK and foreign clients. It is in the process of securing a 20,000-square-foot warehouse facility for storage.
Chris Leake continued:
“The awards we have received, the rapid growth of our distribution across South Wales and the achievement of official status, especially with both Cardiff City FC and Glamorgan CC, are a testament to the quality of our products and our Master Distiller, Die Weekly and his incredible hard work.
“Our focus now is on moving to the new premises to ensure that our growth is sustainable by investing in the space we need, new equipment to keep up with demand, and most importantly among our people.”
Hensol Castle Distillery is owned by Lex Retail and Leisure Group, Lexus, The Val Resort and Hensol Castle in South Wales.