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It takes time and care to produce quality botanically-infused spirits, that is why our herbs and spices are matured for up to 3 months to ensure their distinctive qualities. Differing techniques allow us to achieve the flavoursome results which we have become renowned for, our production methods and the quality of our ingredients ensure that some of our products do not easily fit into any single category. It’s for that reason that we like to say – Spirits for free spirits!

The natural aromas and flavours associated with our artisanal liquors are born in the fields and meadows of the farms surrounding our distillery. We choose only local ingredients for a very simple reason – we believe that they are the purest, the most fragrant, and the most natural ingredients available anywhere. Their close proximity also means that can watch them grow and choose the perfect time for their harvest.

There is more history written on the walls of Pakruojis Manor than in all the hefty tomes of local history. Since the 16th century, the manor has experienced wars, progress, collapse, and an ever-changing litany of host families who called its great halls their home. The von Rop dynasty – who ruled the manor for the longest period of time – brought works of art and inventions, the influences of Western architecture, and even introduced the fine arts of brewing and distillation to the Manor. For that reason, it is hardly surprising that one of the oldest distilleries in Lithuania was located right here in Pakruojis.

In our Apotheca we created a rich yet simply made cocktails menu.

Pakruojis Manor Distillery was established and lovingly nurtured in Lithuania's historic north, where quality drinks have been produced since the early 16th century. It was originally constructed by the esteemed pharmacist Knut as an essential part of the Manor's apotheka. The production of quality drinks came later. Towards the end of 2018, and after a long silent hiatus, we brought life back to the distillery.

It is here that we take our inspiration from the local traditions, and the exceptional quality of the ingredients from the surrounding forests and fields, which are used extensively and exclusively in the production of our artisan products.

The vast majority of the herbs we choose to complement our products are grown on a specialist herb far located less than 20 km from our craft distillery. However, as we like to be hands-on with every part of our process, we have also included a herb garden right here on the farm at Pakruojis Manor. In addition, we source all of our vegetables from local farmers giving us the advantage of tasting the produce before selecting only the very best to use in our creations. Lithuanian bees also play their part by providing us with only the finest of honey produced from the abundance of local wild meadow flowers and the delicate freshness of lime blossoms. We go to all of this extra effort to ensure that every last drop of our craft specialities is adorned with the tastes and aromas of pure and natural goodness.

Our distillery began its life several hundred years ago as part of the Manor's Apotheka by the renowned pharmacist Knut. Knut was a living encyclopedia of natural plants and herbs. Being a non-native, he was constantly enthralled by the richness of botanical life which abound in our countryside. To this day we still embrace and employ the knowledge left behind by Knut in our attempts to reveal their hidden natural properties in our drinks and creations.

Today, the manor has been magnificently restored and has once again become one of the most recognisable cultural hubs for the entire Baltic region. When you come to visit us, you will discover a hotel, a fine-dining restaurant, be welcomed on education tours, witness celebrations and many other spectacular occasions such as the Summer Flower Festival and the Winter Festival of Lights. Pakruojis manor is open to the public and offers a genuine taste of virtual time-travel, bringing the visitor back to an era when the Manor hummed to the tunes of nobility and commoner alike.