Our Story

Our story begins in the North Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate...

In 1571 William Slingsby discovered the unique properties of the natural spring water from Harrogate’s Tewit Well.  His discovery brought visitors from all around to the wonderfully picturesque spa town. They came to ‘take the waters’ which were thought to have medicinal properties.  To this day, people from across the globe still visit Harrogate to restore body, mind and soul by relaxing, indulging and socialising.  If it had not been for Slingsby's discovery, Harrogate would not be what it is today.

Inspiration to 'Restore the Spirit of Harrogate'


Inspired by this story, founders Marcus Black and Mike Carthy embarked on an adventure.  They wanted to create a product that would celebrate this heritage and bring to life the essence and restorative nature of Harrogate.  In 2014, the Spirit of Harrogate was born.

Introducing Slingsby

Our very first product, Slingsby London Dry Gin was created in August 2015.

To reach this, we set up focus groups – which mainly consisted of gathering up friends and family, to talk through flavours and bottle styles.  18 different variants of the gin were passionately developed as we went through 15 months of development until we were truly happy with the final product.  We are now proud to offer a range of award-winning products to people around the globe and have our very own flagship store and experience in Harrogate. 




Our 24 botanicals include hand-grown local plants synonymous with the beautiful and restorative nature of Harrogate.

These include primrose, sweet cicely, nettle, rhubarb, milk thistle, rosehip and Taylors of Harrogate green and jasmine tea.  12 of these botanicals are sourced from the kitchen garden at Rudding Park hotel in Harrogate.  If you pay them a visit you will see our botanicals marked out on their garden map to show where these are grown.

We source the ingredients that make up our fruit flavoured gins from local Yorkshire suppliers. The Rhubarb which makes our Yorkshire Rhurbarb gin is sourced from Oldroyd's farm in Wakefield which is part of the world famous 'Rhubarb triangle'. 


Following Slingsby’s discovery over 400 years ago, Harrogate has built its reputation on the unique properties of its waters. Within a two mile radius of the town centre, 88 mineral springs rise to the surface and of these, some 35 are within an acre of Harrogate’s beautiful Valley Gardens.

Each of our spirits use water drawn from the world-famous Harrogate aquifer. 


We are passionate about our unique interpretation and meticulous design and place the sophisticated consumer at the very heart of our thoughts. Our Master Distiller, who is based at Langley Distillery in Birmingham has 35 years experience in producing outstanding quality gins.

 We expertly combine Harrogate aquifer water, pure single grain spirit and our carefully selected botanicals which is then masterfully finished in North Yorkshire. 



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Slingsby has gained recognition on a global scale. We are exceptionally proud to have received 75 awards from around the world including San Francisco, New York, London and China