A Tradition of Quality

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Est. 1761

Thomas Dakin begins the journey

Thomas Dakin, the forefather of quality English gin, purchased a property in Bridge Street, Warrington.  He began distilling his original gin, at the age of 25, and founded what would become the oldest gin distillery in England.

G&J Greenall was born

January 1, 1860

G&J Greenall was born

The Dakin family leased their distillery to Gilbert and John Greenall and was purchased ten years later by them, at which point it changed its name to ‘G&J Greenall’; the name it has retained to this day.

G&J Outgrows Bridge Street

January 28, 1960

G&J Outgrows Bridge Street

By 1960, due to an increase in gin’s popularity, the distillery moved to a larger site opposite the Greenall brewery.  The following decades witnessed a tremendous growth in the company, largely due to the launch of Vladivar Vodka in 1971.

Marblehead Brand Development Established

November 9, 1973

Founded in 1973 by Ricky Agnew, Marblehead was created as a distribution and brand development agency committed to launching and growing brands including Absolut Vodka, Kraken Black Spiced Rum, as well as Marblehead’s own brands Davna Vodka and Skipper Rum in the UK.

L et L Spirits is born with Alizé

April 18, 1984

The story of L&L began with innovation and the idea of combining natural passion fruit with the finesse of Cognac. In 1984, the brand Alizé was born and it was introduced to the USA in 1986. Its success was immediate and L&L became the first French exporter of liqueurs to the USA.

First Ireland Spirits Established

August 25, 1993

First Ireland Spirits originated in the rural Irish village of Abbeyleix in County Laois in 1993. Producing Irish cream liqueurs and Irish Country Cream beverages for some of the world’s largest retailers and drinks companies.

Greenall Distillery Destroyed by Fire

October 15, 2005

Greenall Distillery Destroyed by Fire

In 2005, a fire destroyed the warehouse but fortunately the stills were saved and production continued in a new distillery which was opened in Birchwood, Warrington.  As a result of investment, and the commitment of the staff, the distillery was moved to a new site in 2008.

Quintessential Brands Group is Founded

April 14, 2011

Quintessential Brands Group is Founded

Visionaries Enzo Visone, former CEO of Gruppo Campari, and investment banker and entrepreneur, Warren Scott found their new venture Quintessential Brands with the aim of transforming the drinks industry.

G&J Greenall Becomes Part of the Quintessential Brands family

April 15, 2011

G&J Greenall’s changed ownership in August 2011 and is now part of the international drinks group Quintessential Brands, where it continues to provide world-class distillation and bottling services.

Essential Drinks Founded

June 24, 2013

Formed in 2013 Essential Drinks is the business to business supply division of Quintessential Brands. Working with international spirits brands, as well as fast-growing boutique brands, Essential Drinks provides unrivalled production and route to market solutions on an international scale.

Quintessential Brands acquires First Ireland Spirits

April 1, 2014

Quintessential Brands acquires First Ireland Spirits

Quintessential Brands compliments its existing portfolio with the acquisition of First Ireland Spirits as it expands its operations in Ireland. Leveraging the companies well-established customer and international distribution platforms, dynamic existing portfolio of brands and proven production capabilities.

Quintessetial Brands acquires Marblehead Brand Development

July 8, 2014

Quintessetial Brands acquires Marblehead Brand Development

Quintessential Brands and Marblehead had a symbiotic business partnership and in 2013, Quintessential Brands took this relationship to the next level securing the future of Marblehead as an entrepreneurial brand development company with an expanded portfolio.

Quintessential Brands acquires L et L Spirits

March 3, 2015

Quintessential Brands acquires L et L Spirits

Seeing the potential Quintessential Brands continues its rapid expansion plans procuring L & L the  renowned spirits company known for its expertise in crafting exquisite fruit liqueur spirits, brandies and Cognacs

Quintessential Brands acquires Dublin Whiskey Company

March 22, 2016

Quintessential Brands acquires Dublin Whiskey Company

Further cementing its commitment to its operations in Ireland Quintessential Brands acquires the Dublin Whiskey Company providing a home for its Irish whiskey brands and offering the opportunity to further develop its Irish whiskey portfolio.