IS IT LEGAL?
Producing top quality spirits and liqueurs with the Still Spirits range of products is so easy anyone can do it, whether you already have experience of making wine or beer, or are completely new to the hobby.
If you are thinking of starting, take a look at the cost of producing spirits and liqueurs page, as you will be blown away by just how much you can save by making your own!
Please note that in certain countries alcohol distillation is illegal and you will require a licence. Ask for advice or contact your local Customs and Excise Department. We would point out it is illegal to manufacture spirits in the UK without a distiller’s licence which is required under the provisions of section 12 of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 and this includes manufacture for “own/domestic use”.
Public Notice 39 – “Spirits production in the UK” dated January 2012 provides further information about HM Revenue and Custom’s requirements.
If you require further assistance then please contact the National Advice Service on Telephone 0845 010 9000 or www.hmrc.gov.uk. Where you can obtain or view public notice 39.
If for some reason you find that you cannot operate your machine legally please return it to the place of purchase prior to use and a full refund will be given.
Don’t worry though the ‘Still Spirits’ flavours and essences can still be used where distilling is illegal by simply adding them to a cheaply purchased vodka. A whole range of spirits and liqueurs can be made, thus opening up a whole new world of cocktails and mixes without the huge expense of having a large liquor collection.
If however you want to know more about distilling spirits then keep reading …
There are four steps involved in making your own spirits
Step – 1: Creating the alcohol (Wash)
Step – 4: Mixing the flavour essences