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Andrew Nelstrop
The English Whisky Company

Those who have followed the ground-breaking story of the English Whisky Company will not be surprised to hear that in the first year of entering competitions, six awards have been gleaned.

It's been a just reward for the amount of time everyone involved has had to wait.

After three years maturing in oak casks, the first English whisky finally went on sale in December 2009, so 2010 was a key year – and a very successful one too.

That success has continued into 2011, with a 12pc increase in turnover year-on-year.

The Nelstrop family came up with the idea to establish England's first whisky distillery in autumn 2005. Planning permission was granted in January 2006, with building work completed later that year.

To be legally called whisky, the spirit produced had to mature for three years. Since the release of the first bottles – or 'chapters' – buyers from all over the world, including Japan, Europe and the Americas have been keen to stock up on such an unusual product.

'This is our first year of entering awards and the whiskies have won a total of six awards,' said managing director Andrew Nelstrop.

The business has a stock of around 1500 casks, which might not sound like much, but is in fact equivalent to half a million bottles.

They export to 10 countries, with two new markets coming on board this year.

Location: Roudham
Sector: Food and drink
Turnover: £1.8m
Staff: 5 full–time, 5 part–time, 7 occasional, 4 family
Website: www.englishwhisky
This is our first year of entering awards and the whiskies have won a total of six awards