Wardington’s Original


Probably the smallest whisky distillery in these sceptred isles...



We're just a bit obsessive, only the best will do: small batch; the highest quality ingredients; a small, beautiful German copper still. In short, it's all about handcrafted excellence

Many of our other regional retailers will have Ludlow Single Malt English Whisky on sale from next week.
We have had a lot of interest in bottles 2-10 so to enable all to have a fair chance of purchasing one of these exclusive bottles, they will be placed on auction from 23rd December - 10th January. More information on this will follow next week or so, sign up to our mailing list to find out more.
The Angel’s Share (or the Bear’s Share as we like to call it) bottle no.1, batch 1 has been reserved for the Master Distiller, he’s worked pretty hard to get this to market, it will take pride of place on the drinks cabinet - not to be consumed!

What makes us unique?

We call it the glorious trinity: fine ingredients, refined craft and a little patience
all combine to create a serious and perfectly balanced single malt

A hearty wort full of barley flavour

We use an interesting combination of the finest English malt, as well as the finest Scottish peated malt; it’s simple,
to make the best single malt whisky, you must start with the finest ingredients. Then you find the best people –
we worked with a master brewer, Jimmy Swan, to develop a unique process that enables us to get the fullest flavour and highest conversion of sugar. Made in small batches, a longer fermentation ensures maximum flavour. Spent grains from the brewing of the wort are collected by local farmers and used as animal feed.

A precisely controlled distillation

At the heart of what we do is our wood-fired 200l German column still, unique in the British Isles. The four copper plates gently quadruple-distil the spirit, ensuring maximum contact with the developing vapours and that all impurities are removed. We're super obsessed with controlling the distillation. Heads and tails are carefully removed by smell and taste – not by numbers. This means we make a more precise spirit with a much higher ABV than normal; it's super smooth and deliciously sweet, there's absolutely no compromise, the result is a refined spirit bursting with barley flavour. Hot liquid from the condenser and from the previous batches are used to warm the next batch for distillation, thereby reducing our fuel consumption.

A little love and a lot of patience

The spirit is carefully poured into an American single-use, ex-bourbon barrel. It’s here that the spirit adopts its gentle oaky flavour; we don't completely fill the barrel, allowing the spirit to breathe and develop a better flavour. We double cask mature: after some time, the spirit is transferred into a previously used single malt Scottish whisky barrel for finishing, which softens the oaky bourbon notes and allows a little more of a comfortable rest in the final stages of ageing. Only when it’s perfectly ready do we gently water it down with purified water from the Welsh marches, then gently non-chill filter to our hearty house strength of 42%. After such care and attention, we lovingly bottle, wrap and box by hand. 

How did it all start? 

Way back in 1995 Mike Hardingham planted a vineyard east of Ludlow, deep in the Shropshire Hills. In 2008, Mike was at the forefront of craft distilling and set about distilling brandy from his grapes and cider brandy from his apple orchard. By 2012, he'd secured a licence to distil whisky and began developing his super small batch products. In 2018, he met Shaun Ward of Ludlow Gin and friendship was kindled. In 2021, Ludlow Whisky became part of the Wardington's family – two master distillers combining their dreams to make the ultimate dram.


Tasting Notes

Medium-bodied with fragrant notes of heather-honey, malt, a subtle hint of butterscotch and crème caramel, balanced with a touch of peatiness.

How to enjoy:

Ludlow Whisky is the ultimate Slow Food, it's made with an incredible amount of care and love. Our whisky is best savoured and enjoyed neat, with a dash of water if you like to open the flavours a little. For those who enjoy a whisky cocktail, head in the direction of Stolen Youth, our single malted spirit, made to the same exacting standards and by the same process, but aged for less than a year, the perfect addition to your Old Fashioned.

 ‘There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.’

John Ruskin

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