OUR story

Otterbeck Distillery is set amongst the glorious moors and farmland of the Yorkshire Dales. With this as our back garden it has inspired the creation of Cotton Gin. Distilled slowly with patience and passion, using botanicals foraged locally from the many hedgerows and moorlands and uniquely blended with the best botanicals we can source from around the World.


In the 18th century, a five storey cotton and silk mill was erected on the banks of the River Aire. Producing the finest quality yarn and silk. Powered by a small steam engine and water wheel. We wanted our Gin to reflect the history of this stunning buildings beginnings therefore naming Cotton Gin after one of the machines used at this time.



Taking centre stage is our magnificent hand engineered four hundred and fifty litre copper still, Eliza (named after the mill owners wife!) It is, in its own right, a piece of Art.


After a Gin fuelled New Year’s Eve, an idea sprung and turned into a dream. It started with three friends and a Cotton Mill in North Yorkshire. Together we create a perfect mix of passion and creativity to bring something unique to each of our spirits. This balance is demonstrated in our products bringing you the finest quality botanicals, harmoniously blended.


Founder and the Geeky one! A chartered engineer. The problem solver and the technical expert.


Founder and the creative genius behind our brand. Makes all things pretty.


Founder and looks after the sales and books. Keeps everyone on their toes.


Otterbeck Distillery is committed to environmentally friendly production. Our electricity supply is from a sustainably alternative energy provider. All our packaging and glass is U.K. sourced and 100% recyclable. We work with a number of suppliers to provide alternative solutions to plastic packaging. Our boxes are custom made and fully recyclable. As our bottle is so beautiful, perhaps you would like to re-use it as a candle holder, vase or more. If not we offer a local re-refill service where you can bring your original bottle to our distillery and we will re-fill for a 10% discount. 


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