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 our Tours are up and running – please visit our Tours page for details.

Order online for free local delivery to PO post codes.

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 mid-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 Media for updates on our products and to join in our popular competitions for a chance to sample our spirits for 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 the eighteenth century Fort Cumberland, an Historic England property.

We’re playing our part in the revival of the site by refurbishing 4 casements and an ancient powder casement that once stored Naval weaponry, winning The Portsmouth Society award for “Best Re-use of an Historic building-1999”.

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 Portsmouth News 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.

Follow us on Social Media to find out which local events and Farmers Markets we are attending or 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, a silky smoothness on the palate and a hint of spice, finishing with a citrus, biscuity note.

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 we use traceable, organic sugar cane from Costa Rica to make our own syrup which we ferment and double distil to produce a sweet, flavoursome small batch artisan white Rum. Although ideal for mixing, it has the depth, complexity of flavour and smoothness to sip over ice.

Looking to the future, we are laying down our rum to age in Jim Beam Bourbon barrels in the ancient powder magazines and casements 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 range of spirits they can rightly be 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 its historic role in defending Portsea Island in the 18th Century and housing the Royal Marines during the 19th and 20th, struck a chord with our ex Royal Navy founders. 

It has proved to be an ideal home for our Distillery offering us history, a fantastic working environment and plenty of room to expand in the future!

Top Sellers

Rum Version One

Rum Version Two

Rum Version Three

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