Raisthorpe Distillery secures listing with Morrisons

Oliver Medforth

Artisan drinks producer Raisthorpe Distillery has secured a listing with supermarket giant Morrisons for its award-winning range of Yorkshire Tonics.

Raisthorpe’s Yorkshire Tonics are being stocked in eleven of Morrisons’ stores in the North of England – at Leeds, Guiseley, Horsforth, Skipton, Starbeck, Scarborough, Kirkstall, Boroughbridge, York, Bridlington and Malton.

The tonics are made at Raisthorpe’s farm at Thixendale on the Yorkshire Wolds by blending local water with a range of citrus and fruity botanicals and quassia, rather than traditional quinine.

Tonics made with quinine need to be sweetened to make them palatable, whereas quassia – which is derived from a shrubby tree – imparts a less bitter flavour that doesn’t need to be artificially sweetened, making the tonic less calorific and enhancing the gin’s natural flavour, rather than masking it.

Available in 500ml bottles, the tonics are produced in eight flavours. The Apple and Elderflower and Pink Grapefruit are both Great Taste Awards winners and the Citrus, Apple and Elderflower, Skinny and Premium tonics all have accredited vegan status. The tonic is also available in popular Strawberry and Pomegranate, Mixed Berry and new Paradise flavours.

Raisthorpe, based on the Yorkshire Wolds, launched its range of tonics three years ago in response to consumer demand for locally produced, premium flavoured tonics.

Each tonic contains only natural ingredients and Vitamin C, blended to produce a refreshing drink when served over ice or to elevate the natural flavours of gins without overpowering them.

The new listing follows Raisthorpe’s listing with high end supermarket Booths which is selling Yorkshire Tonics in all of its 28 stores in the North.

Raisthorpe sales and operations director Oliver Medforth said: “As fellow tykes, we are delighted to be stocked on Morrisons shelves and be a part of their locally sourced product range.

“The popularity of gin continues to grow apace – with considerable consumer interest in flavourful botanicals – and the pandemic has only increased interest in buying local and supporting local producers. The listing enables us to bring our range to even more customers and enables more gin lovers to enjoy an all-Yorkshire G&T at home with family and friends.”

Raisthorpe Distillery’s artisan spirits and Yorkshire Tonics are widely stocked in farm shops, delis, independent retailers and the hospitality sector. They are also available from Raisthorpe’s shop at the York Designer Outlet shopping centre.

Raisthorpe is a family business launched more than 10 years ago by Julia Medforth at the family farm in Thixendale.

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