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The UK's Quintessential Brands is to open a Manchester city centre distillery for its Thomas Dakin gin this Autumn.

Quintessentials new gin distillery for its Thomas Dakin brand will include a visitors centre

Quintessential's new gin distillery for its Thomas Dakin brand will include a visitor's centre

Work on the the new distillery, which Quintessential announced last year, has already started, the group confirmed today. The distillery, on Lloyd Street, will have an annual capacity of 1m bottles and include a visitors centre and events space.

It will be the second Manchester city centre gin distillery to open this year - Drinks of Manchester said this month its Manchester Gin production site and visitor experience will open under events venue Manchester Central in the Summer.

Thomas Dakin gin is currently produced in Warrington at Quintessential's G&J Distillers, which is the home base for the company's Greenall's gin. The site also made Bacardi's Bombay Sapphire until production shifted to Bombay Sapphire's new Laverstoke distillery in 2014.

Quintessential said the Manchester distillery will ensure "the growing global demand" for Thomas Dakin, which the company launched in 2015. In April last year, Quintessential expanded exports of the brand to the US.

The spirits company has been looking to build a bespoke distillery for Thomas Dakin since the brand came to life. When Quintessential launched the gin in 2015, it said a distillery would be built in Manchester later that year.  

Today, Thomas Dakin director David Hume told just-drinks it has "taken some time to find the perfect premises" for the new distillery.

"We needed a home which was befitting of the Thomas Dakin brand, in a city centre location and with room to fulfil our ambition," Hume explained.

The gin takes inspiration from Thomas Dakin, a young entrepreneur from 18th century northern England, who Quintessential says was the founder of the world's oldest gin distillers, in 1761. 

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