Leigh is a self-taught distiller and John has always been interested in launching a micro-distillery - so coming together to form Nene Valley Spirits was a natural step.
The new business is the first micro-distillery to be based in Peterborough and the Nene Valley region. It has found a home in the newly renovated Artisan Courtyard at Sacrewell Farm, with plans to open in early December - subject to government guidelines.
John Morris said: “I have always been interested in launching a micro-distillery and after meeting Leigh and learning about his passion and ambition for a gin business I didn’t hesitate to get involved.
“It is a great opportunity and the fact that we will be located at Sacrewell Farm is a huge bonus for us as they are working through ambitious plans for renovations and have been extremely supportive in helping us to get up and running."
The pair reached out to gin connoisseurs across the country, sending out tasters to gain feedback for their two gins before launch. Ermine Street is a handcrafted gin inspired by the picturesque Nene Valley and its Roman heritage, and Colibri is a gin inspired by Leigh's extensive travels through Latin America.
Leigh Taylor, head distiller, added: "We initially sent out the tasters and were amazed with the feedback. Knowing that gin experts love what we created gave us the confidence and motivation to turn this into a real business venture. We are delighted to be able to open our doors at Sacrewell Farm and the support and feedback from locals and online has blown us away."
People can register their interest online now to receive exclusive priority access to be able to purchase the gins before the distillery opens at in early December.