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Our story starts in 1984 when Jago, our founder, started home brewing in his dormitory while away at boarding school in Scarborough.
It all started after watching The Great Escape, where they were making potato moonshine in a homemade still hidden in the bunkhouse.
Obviously, there was no similarity between boarding school and Stalag Luft 3!
Luckily Jago outwitted the house masters by hiding the demijohns in the roof void, luckily, they were never found, but in the dead of night, you could hear them bubbling away.
This sparked a passion for home brewing, which has continued throughout his life with everything from cider to beer, wine to mead.
Jago took a break from homebrewing when he joined the Army and went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to train be an Army officer in the Kings' Regiment, this took him to many interesting places from Northern Island to Buckingham Palace, The Falkland Islands to York. His final posting was in Strensall, North Yorkshire, running a training team, and this is where he met his future wife, Lisa. They remained in the York area after getting married and soon Jago started home brewing again.
As his children became adults, they too started to show an interest in his home-brewing antics, which eventually led to the question, "why don't we try to make spirits?".
So after a lot of research, pain, planning and testing (or should we say sampling the products) eventually, the first Wicstun Gin was born.
Soon after, the main flavours started to evolve and our hobby naturally turned into a business.
In 2021, Jago and his wife, Lisa, started the process of licencing and registering as a distillery. Finally, in March 2022, we were delighted to become the first fully licenced distillery based in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire.
Since then, Wicstun Distillery has gone from strength to strength with many new flavours in the pipeline, producing a range of Yorkshire Gin, Vodkas and Rum.
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