Our Story and Vision
Verdant Spirits is Dundee’s first distillery for 200 Years and although our company is young, it has already met with considerable acclaim. Our first product, Verdant Dry Gin, won Scottish Gin of the Year in 2017 and has gone on to win medals and awards from around the world.
The money raised through this Crowd Funding campaign will allow us to realise our dream of opening our very own visitor centre & gin school in the Grade A listed building at our premises by Blackness. It will help strengthen Dundee’s historic, economic, cultural strengths by restoring an integral part of its historic industrial past and saving it from potential ruin.
Our visitor centre aims to educate as well as inspire and in our ‘gin school’ enthusiasts can come along and learn, hands on, about the process of making our award winning gin. Visitors will be able to craft their own unique gin recipe, experiencing how each botanical will change the flavour of their gin and at the end of the day will take a full bottle of their gin home.
With your help we hope to add to the already vibrant and unique culture of Dundee - named the “Coolest little city in the UK by GQ Magazine” - by bringing an educational and exciting visitor attraction to the city.
We completed Phase 1 of our restoration project in Spring 2017 when we combined two former industrial units on site to make one large space in which to house our distillery. Our second phase will use our current home in Edward Street Mill to create the new retail and educational space.
In this phase we will restore our Grade A listed engine house and breathe life back into its old walls, turning it into our visitor centre and the heart of the distillery. However, to achieve this our building needs to undergo extensive and costly restoration work.
Some urgent repair work has already been undertaken as our roof cupola had become dangerously unstable over the winter of 2016, and had to be removed to ensure that the building’s structure was safe and weather proof.
The plan is to transform the ground floor of the mill into the visitor centre with flexible space for gin talks and events along with our retail space. The lower-ground floor will be home to our Gin School along with a small space for those attending to sit and test their creations.
(Above) Part of the Mill Complex where our home is located.
Edward Street Mill has a rich historical background as the former engine house to John Sharp’s ‘Jute Empire’. This building has played an enormous role in the lives of the thousands who worked in it, but it also played a vital role in the development of Dundee as a jute city. To preserve this we want to display many of the artefacts, furniture, portraits and other pieces that previously belonged to John Sharp himself and came from his home to remind all those that walk into the mill of it past and heritage and that has now become integral to its new use as home to Verdant Spirits.
Although work can now begin, the unforeseen and costly process of making the structure safe means that funds are extremely tight and we need your help to make sure that the project can move on to final completion in the spring of 2019. In return for your support we have put together a range of rewards to thank you for contributing to our campaign.
We have a strong belief in the great sense of community and pride that has built up in Dundee over recent years, and are proud to support our wee city and its regeneration.
We believe Edward Street Mill has given much to the people of Dundee over the past 120 years, and we are asking for help to allow this historic building to once again be a pride of the city for generations to come.