A gin loving family started their own handcrafted gin distillery, inspired by a legendary dragon slayer.
The Dragon Slayer Distillery was started by father and daughter team Paul and Yasmin Gibson, with Yasmin partner William Sandick as master distiller.
Based in Low Dinsdale, just outside Darlington, the team produced their first gin, Sir John Conyers London Dry, named after the legendary Sockburn dragon-slayer.
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Yasmin said, “Gin is my dad’s drink and my favorite drink and we love to try new ones, which is why we decided to create our own.
“We were influenced by Sir John Conyers after visiting his chapel at Sockburn Hall, which is only three miles from our distillery. We thought it would be a fitting tribute to him and the folk history of him slaying the Sockburn worm. “
Legend has it that in medieval times the village of Sockburn was under siege by the Sockburn worm, which terrorized locals and killed their cattle.
Sir John Conyers, a knight from a wealthy local family, slain the beast with his falchion, a bladed sword, which is still on display in Durham Cathedral.
Yasmin said, “We want to share our little slice of dragon slayer folklore and feature forgotten stories to remind people of County Durham’s incredible history (whether or not it actually happened).
“Each of our gins will be part of the Dragon Slayer Guild, where each will tell the story of a different Dragon Slayer, and then join the Guild.
“Sir John Conyers is the first, and we intend to release a new flavor – and a new legend – every year.”
Dragon Slayer Distillery products will soon be available in cafes, farm shops and wholesalers
For more information, you can visit their website HERE.
You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram like Dragon Slayer Distillery.
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