Welcome to The Portsmouth Distillery

We’re a premium, artisan spirit maker, born in 2018, based in the historic Fort Cumberland, a Georgian “pent”

Fort on Portsea Island, Portsmouth.

We are delighted to announce that we will be reopening for Tours in the 1st week of August – please visit our Tours page for details.

Unfortunately, our on-site shop remains closed but you can still order online with free local delivery.

Our Spirits

We’ve produced a range of spirits for your enjoyment. Buy through our online shop, in person at the Fort or at one of the many events we’re exhibiting at.

  • Fort Gin – 2019 IWSC Bronze Medal. Locally foraged botanicals include Elderflower, Gorse Flowers and Sea Radish (Raphanus maritimus).
  • Tudor Gin – Our latest product, launched June 2020. Botanicals from a recipe found on the Mary Rose including cherry, hemp seed, dandelion and hazlenuts.  A donation from each bottle sold goes to the Mary Rose Trust.
  • 1968 White Rum. Made from Sugar Cane syrup, producing a more aromatic flavour.
  • Cinnabar Spiced Rum – launched April 2019. Winner of Craft Botanical Spirit, Spirit Expo 2019. Named after the red and black coloured Cinnabar moth found at the Fort.
  • Forum – “Garden Rum” flavoured with five botanicals, this is a cross over between Rum and Gin.
  • Fort Cyder – small batch hand picked Hampshire apples make our Cyder. Next batch now available.
  • Aged Dark Rum – we’ve begun to lay down batches of our 1968 to age in oak barrels. Available in 2022.

We’re passionate about the artisan spirit movement and giving Portsmouth it’s own distillery for the first time in hundreds of years.

Please follow us on Social and join in our popular competitions for a chance to sample our spirits yourself.

Sharing Our Spirit

We love our unique home. You can find us on the southeastern tip of Portsea Island, heading towards the Hayling Ferry, surrounded by the sea. Our distillery is within eighteenth century Fort Cumberland, an Historic England property.

We’re playing our part in the revival of the site, which had been used in Naval history, by up-cycling an ancient powder casement that once stored Naval weaponry.

Our first twelve months were busy and you may have seen us on the local news and in the press sharing our passion for all things spirits. In February 2020 we were delighted to receive the Business Excellence Award for Start up of the Year.

Come and discover the distillery for yourself weekdays between 11.00 -14.00 or at one of our popular tours, where you can see how we make our spirits and enjoy a tasting in our bar. Or find us at a local farmers market or event and you can shop online in the store if you are over 18.

Fort Gin with
Nautical Zest

Awarded a Bronze medal from the acclaimed International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2019, for contemporary styled Gin.

The idyllic, tranquil Fort Cumberland has inspired our Gin recipe with three key botanicals foraged from the site: Elderflower, Gorse Flower and Sea Radish.

Combined with a blend of aromatic botanicals, they produce this exquisite Gin.  Enjoy the rich full floral bouquet, silk smooth on the palate with a hint of spice, finishing with a citrus biscuity notes.

Order online today, visit us on site at the distillery or catch us at future events around the UK.

The Portsmouth Distillery Rum

After many years of drinking Rums from all over the world, and running The Rum Club, we’ve built up a very keen understanding of what makes a good Rum. 1968 is the result.

A deliberate mix of different types and styles of Rum, using fine sugar cane from Central America, instead of molasses, to produce a sweet, flavoursome spirit. Double distilled to produce a world-class, small batch artisan white Rum, ideal for mixing or sipping on ice.

Looking to the future, we lay down some 1968 to age in Jim Beam Bourbon barrels, in the ancient powder magazines of Fort Cumberland, less than 100m from the sea.

Building the Dream

Starting a distillery from scratch, as you might imagine, is not an easy task.

It’s required real commitment and belief in our abilities and our products. Through hard work and dedication, coupled with a passion and meticulous attention to detail, we aim give Portsmouth a group of spirits they will be rightly proud of.

As local lads, we were passionate that the distillery had to be somewhere on Portsea Island. A site with history and a heritage which we could connect with.  Discovering Fort Cumberland, with it’s role in the defence of Portsmouth Harbour housing the Royal Marine’s Anti-Aircraft Brigade, all struck a chord with our ex Royal Navy founders.

Top Sellers

Rum Version One

Rum Version Two

Rum Version Three

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