The Anglo-Saxon word Wyrd (pronounced weird) was the term used to describe the deep sense of personal destiny and connectivity to all those events and experiences around us, whether through fortune, fate or chance.  Making our own spirits has always been our dream, so ‘Wyrd’ captures our journey perfectly!

how it all started

Mark and Kay are the creators of Wyrd Gin and make each batch by hand with care and passion.

Their journey started over 20 years ago during a trip to the Oban Distillery on one of their first holidays together.  Clearly inspired by the experience, Mark declared ‘One day we should do something like this!’

The dream lay dormant for a number of years while they both pursued their careers, but it finally became a reality in 2018 when the right time came to set up their own distillery in the New Forest.  Not quite on the same scale as Oban just yet, but they are still rather proud of the gin they have created.

With the help of old friends and new, offering advice and expertise, Wyrd Gin was launched and they can’t wait to share their handcrafted spirit with the gin lovers of the world.

Mark Head Distiller at Wyrd Spirits


Mark trained as a chemist and spent 30 years working in the food and drink industry, so he knows a thing or two about blending flavours to create the perfect product.  With a Masters in Chemistry and a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, his background has given him the perfect start for his distilling journey.  Pair his scientific knowledge with his skill for balancing flavours, passion for gin and love of the New Forest and that’s where the magic happens.

Mark doesn’t do things by halves, he even came top of his class and won a scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Distillers for his Wine and Spirit Education Trust exam results!  As their distillery goes from strength to strength, Mark and Kay hope to win more awards and accolades as they build their spirits range.

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