In 2008, John Savage-Onstwedder, a whisky distiller, applied for a distiller’s license to run a 350 litre, state-of-the-art copper pot-still. At the time the regulations stated that the smallest pot-still for which a license could be granted could be 1800 litres. Lo and behold a few months later HMRC issued John what was most likely the first distiller’s license issued for a 350 litre still in UK history. After a few more years of building and license applications they were finally able to start distilling.
The distillery is run by John’s eldest son, John-James. His first product, an organic orange liqueur called Dà Mhìle Orange 33, won a True Taste Award for its first batch!
His second product, Dà Mhìle Botanical Gin was enthusiastically received by gin drinkers. On St. David’s Day 2014 he released the popular Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin. This is made with a specially selected seaweed from the coast of West Wales and the West coast of Ireland.