Welcome to The Portsmouth Distillery

We’re a premium, artisan spirit maker, born in 2019, at historic Fort Cumberland on Portsea Island.

During the current Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, our tours and site are closed, but you can still order online and we are offering free delivery.

We’d like to thank the NHS and everyone supporting the UK and wish all our customers, suppliers and friends well during this time.

In our first year, we launched a Dry Gin which won an International Spirits and Wine Award, a selection of white and flavoured Rums, as well as laying down a Rum to age which will be ready 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.

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.

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.

Fort Gin with
Nautical Zest

The idyllic, tranquil location of Fort Cumberland has been a real inspiration for the creation of our award winning Gin.  Our  recipe was created from three key botanicals that we found growing in the grounds of the Fort: Elderflower, Gorse Flower and Sea Radish.

When these are combined with our own blend of aromatic botanicals, they produce an exquisite Gin. You’ll enjoy a rich, full, floral bouquet, that is silky smooth on the palate with just enough spice, before a citrus herbaceous ‘biscuit’ finish.

The Portsmouth Distillery Rum

Through years of drinking, collecting and dealing in fine sipping Rums, we’ve developed a clear understanding of what makes a great Rum. 

50 years in the making, 1968 white Rum is made using dehydrated sugar cane juice from Costa Rica, which we make into a syrup and then ferment for a few weeks in the ancient and atmospheric arched casemate. Then we double distill to produce a world-class small batch artisan white Rum.

Some of our Rum is laid down to age in Jim Beam Bourbon barrels from the USA, hidden from the sun 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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