Samantha Long, founder of the Spirits of Bronte Drinks Company, is a ‘Yorkshire lass’ who has lived in Bronte Country for over 30 years. As a lover of small batch gins, she was inspired by the rugged landscape and literary heritage of her local area to create an old-school drink that tasted like when ‘gin was gin’.
Despite having no experience in the drinks industry (she previously owned a tanning/beauty salon), she saw a gap in the market for something with a citrus kick but a super-smooth finish and worked with one of the UK’s leading master distillers to create a modern twist on an 18th century classic which has been a huge hit with gin-lovers.
Within the first few months of launching Yorkshire Lass’ Gin, it had been named in the top ten gins at the Haworth Old Hall Gin Festival and second best gin at the Wright Wine Company’s Gin Festival (beating off competition from much more well established brands like Masons), been showcased at gin festivals and events across Yorkshire, had stockists and wholesalers queuing up to stock it, and had generated lots of interest on both social media and in the print media (including a full page feature in the Yorkshire Post!)
But Sam isn’t stopping there! She has now forged a partnership with a local small-batch distiller who uses Royal Spring water from the Haworth moors in its range of Yorkshire Vodka. This means that the Spirits of Bronte Drinks Company’s Yorkshire Lass’ Gin will now be distilled, bottled, and labelled locally using water from a natural spring that the Bronte sisters themselves probably drunk from!
And with new products in the pipeline, the story is only just beginning…