Yorkshire Times
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Andrew Palmer
Business Editor
9:00 PM 15th January 2021

Yorkshire's First Whisky Distillery's COVID Secure Burns' Night Supper

Libby Barmby with the Filey Bay Tasting Set Libby Barmby from Spirit of Yorkshire
Libby Barmby with the Filey Bay Tasting Set Libby Barmby from Spirit of Yorkshire
Unable to host its annual Burns' Night supper at its Hunmanby distillery, the team at Spirit of Yorkshire is encouraging people to have an online celebration to celebrate Robbie Burns' birthday on 25th January.

Spirit of Yorkshire's Libby Barmby has prepared a social media campaign to mark the birth date of Scotland's famous poet. It includes links to Filey Bay's new Tasting Set, a Jamie Oliver recipe, a suggested poem and a tasting and nosing video.

Scottish born of Yorkshire descent, Ms Barmby has organised the popular Burns' Night supper since 2018 and is naturally disappointed not to be welcoming people to the distillery to celebrate: "Traditionally, Burns' night celebrations range from big formal dinners with vociferous toasts to friends cracking a bottle of something tasty and enjoying each other's company. This Burns' night, we're encouraging people to do the latter, from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

"We have developed a special Filey Bay Tasting Set that includes three of our most popular drams, plus flavour profiles of each and a guide to tasting whisky. We have coupled that with a suggested recipe, poem and a video link to help newcomers to whisky to nose and taste the spirit."

Spirit of Yorkshire was launched in 2016 and is a collaboration between farmer and brewer, Tom Mellor from Wold Top Brewery and business partner, David Thompson. The pair have invested significantly to follow their dream of creating a Yorkshire whisky that doesn't simply replicate Scotch. The distillery is a field to bottle operation, with 100% of the barley used coming from the distillery farm at Hunmanby Grange.

The Filey Bay Tasting Sets cost £27.50 and are available online from