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About The Fynoderee Distillery

Once upon a time...

…there was a little juniper bush, the very last of its kind on the Isle of Man. It lived up high at the top Glen Auldyn in the north of the Island where it was discovered and well-meaningly transplanted to the Milntown Estate at the bottom of the glen, where very sadly it didn’t survive.

Fast forward 70 years and who would have thought that this little bush would go on to inspire a brand new distillery on the Isle of Man! Juniper is the primary ingredient in gin and it was reading online articles about the re-introduction of Juniper to the Island by the Manx Wildlife Trust which led us to discover the story of “Kitty Kerruish and The Fynoderee”, a Manx folklore story that went on to inspire our brand identity.

The idea of starting up a Manx gin distillery had been with us (local couple, Paul and Tiffany Kerruish) for a number of years before we met Gerard, who happily decided to join us in setting up The Fynoderee Distillery.

As enthusiastic and knowledgeable gin drinkers, we had become increasingly frustrated that there was no small-batch gin producer on the Island when the botanical landscape and “Biosphere” was so well suited to producing an original and high quality product using locally foraged ingredients. Deciding to take matters in to our own hands, a confluence of events in our lives gradually turned a pipe-dream into a reality when we met Gerard who worked for a successful small batch distiller in England (Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin) . A resulting friendship and working relationship with Gerard has now brought together the team that is ‘Fynoderee’.

Sadly the newly planted Juniper groves in Glen Auldyn will take up to 10 years to produce berries, so for now we are importing our Juniper. However we are committed to using Manx grown or locally foraged botanicals wherever we can.

The Founders of Fyn

Paul Kerruish

Co-Founder - CEO

As a practicing Advocate, there could be no better person than Paul to worry about all the fine detail, complexity and planning (and endless form-filling) that goes with running a distillery!

Ensuring that all the 'powers that be’ are happy with what we’re up to is no mean achievement and his plate spinning skills while maintaining his (mostly) jovial demeanour are legendary!

Paul is involved every step of the way with the strategic and creative development of The Fynoderee Distillery.

If you have a query about the general management at Fynoderee then Paul is your man!

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Tiffany Kerruish

Co-Founder - Sales & Marketing Director

A former marketing consultant, Tiffany is the very heart of The Fynodeee Distillery brand and has an amazing ability to craft beautiful and Fyntastic prose - usually under pressure!

Tiffany collaborates with Paul and artist Julia Ashby Smyth to create our mythical characters and is the voice of The Fynoderee Distillery on our social media channels.

If you would like to stock Fynoderee spirits, hire the Fyn Bar for an event or enquire about our products, then please contact Tiffany... She really enjoys a good old ‘Gin Wag’ too!

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Gerard Macluskey

Co-Founder - Gin Consultant

Born opposite a distillery in Glasgow, Gerard has been in the wine & spirits trade since he was 14 years old. Various roles in both the on and off trade led to an exciting opportunity to join Tanqueray Gordon & Co. where he progressed over the years to become “Distiller’ perfecting his ‘organoleptic’ (nosing) assessment skills along the way.

During his time at Tanqueray Gordon & Co. he worked on famous brands such as Smirnoff Black Vodka and Tanqueray 10. He then joined Crouch Vale Brewery where he developed his skills in craft beer making, winning several awards. His last role before becoming a founding member of Fynoderee was with Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin where he was Head Distiller and developed for the owners a multi award winning range of Gins and Vodka.

In collaboration with Paul and Tiffany, Gerard crafted the recipes for our Four Seasons of Fynoderee Manx Dry Gins, Manx Bumbee Vodka and Kerala Chai Gin.

The Tale of The Fynoderee

We were introduced to the story of The Fynoderee by our interest in the Ramsey Forest Project / Reintroduction of Juniper that has taken place in Glen Auldyn.

This lovely Manx folklore story is set in the very same location as the newly planted Juniper groves.

The Fynoderee Folk Story

The Isle of Man

The ancient kingdom of the Isle of Man lies in the Irish Sea nestled within the heart of the British Isles. Folklore, superstition and legend are woven deep into the fabric of everyday life.

Historically, belief in the existence of good and evil fairies and the stories that surround these beliefs were more prevalent here than any other part of Britain.

About the Isle of Man

Where to Buy & Enjoy Fyn

Our Mythical Manx Spirits are available to buy here on and from The Fynoderee Distillery Tasting Bar & Shop in Ramsey.

They are also sold by Craft Gin Club and in various retail outlets, pubs, bars and restaurants across the Isle of Man...

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions