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Cooper King Distillery

Sutton-on-the-Forest, North Yorkshire

Located in the Yorkshire Wolds but inspired by Tasmania, Abbie and Chris at the Cooper King Distillery are building one of the only self-built distilleries in the UK that will make both gin and whisky, using ingredients grown on the Wolds and powered by green energy, harnessing nature around them

The people

Founded by Abbie, a scientist, and Chris, an architect, Cooper King was founded after an attempt to flee the rat race led the couple to Tasmania, where they fell in love with the small craft whisky distilling scene. The distillery is named after Chris's great-great-grandfather, who helped fund Ripon Cathedral and who managed to trace back the family's Yorkshire roots all the way back to 1030

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The products

When they've finished building their distillery and their stills are up and running, the Cooper King team will produce two spirits: a micro-batch distilled gin and a single malt whisky. The gin will be micro-batch distilled in 10 & 5 litre stills with botanicals foraged form the local area (inc. their own honey & apple blossom). Their whisky will use locally grown Yorkshire barley malt from Britain's oldest working maltings, be distilled in the only still of its kind in Europe brought from Tasmania & aged in casks from England's last master cooper (conveniently located in North Yorkshire)


In the heart of Yorkshire just ten miles north of York, Cooper King distillery sits between the Howardian Hills and the Yorkshire Dales. Here the team are dedicated to bring their learnings from their trip to Tasmania to Yorkshire, and self-building their distillery on the site of an old stable block. Everything is being self-built & funded using support from family, friends & their Founders' Club, and they're aiming to be as self-sufficient as possible using 100% green energy, offsetting their carbon footprint by planting trees through the Carbon Fund and working to increase bio-diversity in the area with a native woodland and orchard on site

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Abbie & Chris are dedicated to sourcing locally & supporting local businesses (from the barley they use to the barrels they'll mature their whisky in). Even many of their botanicals will be sourced from their own site including green gooseberry, apple blossom and honey from their own bees. Their gin will uniquely use a combination of a rich malt spirit and smooth wheat spirit, and combine two distillation methods to bring the freshest and deepest flavours to their gin. Their whisky will equally be sourced locally with barley from a farm down the road and barrels sourced from the last Master Cooper in England, who is based in North Yorkshire. Mashing, fermenting, distilling, ageing and bottling of their whisky will all happen under the same roof, and they're aiming to get their first bottles of Yorkshire single malt out by 2022

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To get their distillery up and running, they've launched the Cooper King Founders' Club, which will help them to develop and self-build their distillery, getting their gin and whisky to you as soon as possible. The Founders' Club will be a community with exclusive benefits and give priority access to limied edition spirits as well as the reward of receiving the first-release whisky and gins. 

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Cooper King Distillery's products

Cooper King Distillery doesn't have any products to sell yet, but are hard at work getting their first one ready!

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