Gin boom sees number of new distilleries in the UK rocket by 22% in a year

Gin boom sees number of new distilleries in the UK rocket by 22% in a year – with more now operating in England than Scotland UK had 80 new distilleries in 2019 bringing the total to 441, with 228 in England England has 255 more distilleries than Scotland with 186, HMRC figures showed 'Ginaissance' helped number of UK distilleries to more than double in last 5 years

By Jemma Carr For Mailonline

Published: 18:43 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 18:46 GMT, 1 March 2020

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The number of distilleries in the UK has rocketed by 22 per cent in just one year, with more operating in England than in Scotland.

Britain had 80 new distilleries in 2019 bringing the total up to 441 with 228 of those in England, HMRC figures showed.

Scotland - which previously dominated the spirit-making world thanks to Scotch Whisky - has 186 distilleries, 255 fewer than England.

The gin boom - also called the 'ginaissance' - has helped the total number of UK distilleries to more than double in the last five years, from 184 to at least 441.

The number of distilleries in the UK has rocketed by 22 per cent in just one year, with more operating in England than in Scotland. Pictured: Boris Johnson with a glass of gin and tonic in a distillery in London in 2015

The number of distilleries in the UK has rocketed by 22 per cent in just one year, with more operating in England than in Scotland. Pictured: Boris Johnson with a glass of gin and tonic in a distillery in London in 2015

It also caused the number of distilleries in England more than triple rocketing from just 66 distilleries in 2014 to the 228 in operation today. 

Since 2010, when there were just 23 distilleries, English distilleries have gone up tenfold.

The 'ginaissance' has meant gin sales

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