Cooper King Distillery is a self-built family-owned distillery near York, producing award-winning sustainable spirits underpinned by craftsmanship, honesty and adventure. A crowd-funded gin and whisky distillery, it’s one of only a handful in the UK to run on 100% green energy, and plants one square metre of English woodland for every bottle of gin sold.
Founded in 2016 by Dr Abbie Neilson, a former scientist and Chris Jaume, a chartered architect, the venture was inspired by their desire to leave the rat-race. Chris and Abbie travelled across the globe and became fascinated by the eight operational whisky distilleries in Tasmania. With a mission to bring their discoveries back to England, the couple gave up their established careers and set up a truly independent and sustainable distillery back home in Yorkshire.
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 have self-built their distillery on the site of an old stable block. They aim to be as self-sufficient as possible using 100% green energy, offsetting their carbon footprint by planting trees through the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust and working to increase bio-diversity in the area with a native woodland, orchard and apiary on site.