James Nelstrop, Andrew’s father, had a dream: his own distillery in England. A builder and farmer by trade, Andrew built the St George’s Distillery in 2006 in Norfolk, but soon realised that producing whisky was a full-time job. In 2007 he closed down his building company, the distillery its last project, and became the managing director of The English Whisky Company.
Andrew sees his position as ‘dogsbody and accountant’, working closely with chief whisky maker David Fitt to ensure that the distillery produces the best whisky possible. However, as those who have met Andrew at tastings or at the distillery – which now receives more than 40,000 visitors a year – will attest, he is an enthusiastic brand ambassador for both English whisky and British spirits.