Adnams distillery information

The Adnams distillery is located in a Brewery that was established in 1872 in Southwold, Suffolk, England by George and Ernest Adnams. Since then the great majority of produce has been beer, but since 2010, some empty space in the existing buildings now house Copper House Distillery, and thus the facility is now also capable of producing gin, vodka, and of course whisky.

The distillery uses part of the equipment from the brewery (for example the mash tun and fermentation vessels), and then transports the spirit to a Column (“Beer Stripping”) still that is used to strip the alcohol from the wash. From there it will be further distilled in a pot still fitted with a 3 plate carter head. Rectifying columns are installed as well, but those are meant for the vodka (and gin_ producing process, and are not used while making whisky.

Adnams Whisky

Apart from several gins and vodka, liqueur and Absinthe, two different whiskies are produced at Adnams:

  • Single Malt No. 1; made from 100% East Anglican barley, and matured in French oak barrels for 3 years. Released in November 2013, 4,000 bottles. A second release followed in 2014.
  • Triple Grain No. 2; made from wheat, barley, and oats; matured in American oak casks. Released in November 2013. 4,000 bottles.

Distillery info:

Water source?
Owned byAdnams Plc

Adnams Plc
Sole Bay Brewery
East Green
Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6JW
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 1502 727200

Visitor centreYes

Distillery Setup:

Mash tun? tonnes1
Washback45,000 litres19 (stainless steel)
Wash still1,000 liters/hour litres1 (Beer stripping still)
Spirit Stillspiritstill_c litres1
Expected yearly output in LPA (Litres of pure alcohol)?

Here’s a video showing the setup of the distillery, which also explains how the gorgeous-looking equipment is used for the production of different spirits: