The Portsmouth Distillery - Support Us to Grow!

by Giles Collighan in Southsea, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

We did it
On 25th January 2023 we successfully raised £31,190 with 66 supporters in 72 days

In a tough trading environment, we need your support so Portsmouth remains the home of the best Rum in the UK (GB Food Awards '22).

by Giles Collighan in Southsea, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Any extra funding will reduce the amount required from equity investors for new equipment. Specifically, our first priority is the purchase of an in-line water chiller to add to our distilling plant.  This will reduce our requirement for water by up to 95% and is the first stage of our Sustainability Plan as we look to reduce our environmental impact.


Our Story So Far.......

The Portsmouth Distillery Co is an award winning, multi-spirit artisan distillery built with a clear vision, “To restore Portsmouth’s distilling heritage, pioneering England’s authentic aged rum production, introducing quality artisan spirits to a national and international market.”  

We need your support to achieve this.  

Our fantastic location in Fort Cumberland, an 18th Century Pent Bastion Georgian Fort on the seafront of Portsmouth, serves not only as the basis of our branding but also as the historical backdrop to our story as we build our reputation as the foremost rum Distillery in the UK.


I said we were award winning and our focus on quality in our products and our processes has led to the following:

Southern Enterprise Awards - Leading Pioneers in Gin & Rum Distilling '22 - South East

Forum – Highly Commended 'Best Rum 2022' - Great British Food Awards 

Fort Gin – Great Taste Awards 1 Star ‘21, IWSC Bronze ‘19  

1968 Unaged Rum – People’s Choice Rum on the Rocks Award ‘21

Cinnabar Spiced Rum – IWSC Bronze ‘20, Craft Distillers Botanical Spirit of the Year ’19 

Portsmouth News Business Awards - Best Start-Up of the Year '20


And that's not all - there is one more big one! Read on to find out!

Having built our reputation, we are now perfectly placed to become a key disruptor in the UK rum market as the rum we have been laying down in bourbon oak casks for the last 3 years finally reaches maturity and we are able to get our amazing product, “1812 3-Year-Old Rum”, to market. 


It has been a long wait, as you can imagine, but we are extremely proud to announce that our “1812 3-Year-Old Rum” has just been announced as the Winner of ‘Best Rum’ in the Great British Food Awards 2022.   


As the first producer of a 3-Year-Old cask-aged rum made in England using a unique methodology we are breaking new ground and, with your support, are ideally placed to take advantage of the forecast growth of 10% pa in the artisan/premium UK rum sector over the next 3 years as it finally follows the growth profile already seen in the gin market. 

The financial impact of Covid has meant that we have had to diversify our offering and, as well as our scheduled/bespoke tours, the beautiful Fort makes us an interesting and unique venue for our events. These include a monthly Comedy Night which attracts top level performers, live music sessions and private parties. 


So, why do we need Funding?

Started with our own and family/friends seed funding, we have grown organically over the last 4 years and have a proven track record of organic growth with our established rum and gin brands recording sales of £370k last year through our retail sales and regional network of over 320 pubs, hotels, outlets and distributors. 

The truth is, though, that we have hit a ceiling in terms of financing marketing and sales to advertise our products and maximise our clear sales potential. It is also worth noting that Covid-19 has hit the hospitality industry extremely hard and it has still not fully recovered with the consequent impact on sales.   This has been further exacerbated recently by the ‘cost of living crisis’. 

With this in mind, this initial raise of funds is to support cash flow, as we continue to stabilise following Covid-19, and improve events facilities to maximise our customers’ experience.  This will include better toilet facilities, more robust marquees and outdoor heating for the cooler evenings! 

It forms part of a larger package as we look for investors to support an equity raise totalling £300k to finance capital equipment acquisition, fund our sustainability agenda and provide marketing and additional sales force to drive increased growth rates over the next 3 years - target sales are £2.6m (70k bottles) in 2025. This takes time to implement, and this first Crowdfund will give us space to get the message out and achieve our aims.

Cask Shares - A bit more detail!

These rewards let you take a bite size piece of our usual Cask Investment Plan. The reward includes provision of your share bottled and labelled with all VAT and Duty paid (there is nothing more to pay). Just prior to fulfilment we will also offer you a bespoke labelling option or to buy back your share at the current market price (minimum 2.5% compound interest per annum guaranteed).

If you would like more information on our Equity Investment Offering or our Full Cask Investment Plan or, indeed have any questions about this Crowdfunding round and the rewards, then please email us on [email protected]

From all the Team (pictured here with Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador), Thank You so much for your support!1666864379_team-ian-burrell_-_red_size.jpg


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£100 or more

11 of 200 claimed

Silver - First Cask Bottle of 1747 5-Year-Old Rum

Guarantee you get a First Cask Bottle of our '1747 5-Year-Old Rum' due to be disgorged circa Sep 24. Following on from the success of our '1812 3-Year-Old Rum', this will be much sought after! Includes a Certificate of Ownership sent on purchase and 1x70cl Gift Boxed Bottle of '1747 5-Year-Old Rum' delivered at the fulfilment date.

£30 or more

Bronze - Full Distillery Tour inc. Ageing Room

Join one of our scheduled Distillery Tours on a date to suit you before being taken on a personal tour of our Cask Ageing room within the main body of the Fort by one of our Directors/Distillers. Includes: Scheduled 90 Minute Distillery Tour, Complimentary Drink, Visit to Cask Aging Room with Director/Distiller. Hard Copy Voucher will be sent. Valid for 1 Year from date of Issue.

£40 or more

14 of 350 claimed

PDC “Pink Tudor” Gin

Our next gin off the still and our first sweetened gin, the basic recipe is our London Dry style Tudor gin, sweetened and coloured with cherry cordial from our friends at Yarty Cordials. Your bottle will come from the first run of 350 bottles and be individually numbered, bottled and despatched in time for Valentine’s Day. You will receive 1x70cl 41% ABV numbered bottle from the first run of Pink Tudor!

£45 or more

14 of 350 claimed

PDC 5th Anniversary Navy Strength Gin

Our first Navy Strength Gin, the recipe will be based around our trademark Fort Gin with notes of elderflower, gorse flower and sea radish all growing here in Fort Cumberland. This will be a limited edition of only 500 bottles to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Distillery, each individually numbered. Receive 1x70cl 57% ABV numbered Bottle from the first run of our 5th Anniversary Navy Strength Gin.

£500 or more

17 of 20 claimed

Gold - 10th Share of 3 Year Old Rum Cask

Own a tenth share of one of our '1812 3-Year-Old' Rum Casks. You will receive a Certificate of Ownership of your share of a numbered cask on purchase. Also included is a personal tour of the Cask Ageing Room by appointment once during the Ageing period. Each cask estimated to yield 340 bottles, therefore a 10th share constitutes 34 bottles. Your reward will be delivered as 34 x 70cl Gift Boxed Bottles, duty paid at the fulfilment date.

£1,000 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Platinum - 5th Share of 3 Year Old Rum Cask

Own a fifth share of one of our '1812 3-Year-Old' Rum Casks. On purchase you will receive a Certificate of Ownership of your share of a numbered cask. Also included is a personal tour of the Cask Ageing Room by appointment once during the Ageing period. Each cask is estimated to yield 340 bottles, therefore a 5th share constitutes 68 bottles. Your reward will be delivered as 68 x 70cl Gift Boxed Bottles, duty paid at the fulfilment date.

£5,000 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Super Platinum - Full 200L Cask Aged 3-10 Years

Own your own 200L Cask and age for between 3 and 10 years as you choose. We hold it duty free in our bonded store with these options on withdrawal: 1. We buy back the barrel at cost plus 2.5% compound interest per annum (eg. Return of £5657 after 5 years); 2. Split the barrel - have some in bottles, the remainder as a return. You will need to pay duty on the bottles (approx £10 per unit); 3. Sell the barrel on the open market.

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