Partnership boost puts Yorkshire start-up distillery on national map
A Yorkshire-based start-up gin and whisky distillery has partnered with three leading UK stockists to supply a range of its award-winning gins.
Based in Sutton-on-the-Forest, North Yorkshire, Cooper King Distillery has added a further three leading brands to its portfolio including English Heritage, That Boutique-y Gin Company, and Ocado.
The distillery has also expanded into a total of 24 Booth’s stores having seen success across the thee Yorkshire stores of the independent, British, family-owned supermarket since June 2018.
Having only released its pioneering product Cooper King Dry Gin in May 2018, the gin has gone on to scoop several leading industry awards and now works with over 150 carefully selected stockists across the country.
That Boutique-y Gin Company approached the founding duo for a collaboration and has now released a bespoke summer gin named ‘Summertide Gin’. Working in partnership to produce 2000 bottles, the gin features an illustrative label which draws inspiration from the people, place and story behind the distillery. Available via online retailer Master of Malt and through distributor Maverick Drinks, the unique gin is similar to Cooper King Distillery’s flagship Dry, but increases the citrus and dials down the spice, making use of makrut lime leaf, lemongrass, the distillery’s own honey and green cardamom.
Having partnered with the Great British Exchange, the premier trade supplier of British-made products which aims to source the best emerging British brands, Cooper King Dry Gin is also now available on Ocado.
Cooper King Dry Gin can also be found within eight English Heritage sites across North Yorkshire. A charity that manages over 400 historic monuments, buildings and places, English Heritage aims to offer local products in their sites alongside their branded ranges.
Having been on the shelves for the past four months, it has quickly become one of the best-selling local food and drink items across the regional English Heritage sites.
A spokesperson at English Heritage comments:
“Cooper King Distillery’s sustainable ethos and quality products aligns them perfectly with English Heritage. Their Dry Gin was introduced into our North Yorkshire sites in April and has proven to be very popular with customers who enjoy a quality gin and want to take away a regionally produced gift of their visit to Yorkshire.”
The company was founded in 2016 by Dr Abbie Neilson, a scientist and Chris Jaume, a chartered architect.
Co-founder of Cooper King Distillery, Chris added:
“It has been an incredibly busy time for us, but we’ve enjoyed the challenges and successes from teaming up with further national stockists. The support from Great British Exchange has been phenomenal and it’s wonderful to see the gin available to a wider audience through Ocado. The Boutique-y Gin Company pride themselves on working with “the world’s best distilleries, brands and minds”, and together we’ve created a bright and zesty delight of a gin, perfect for enjoying outside this summer.
“We’re committed to creating sustainable spirits and the partnership with English Heritage, as well as increasing our presence in the leading independent supermarket, Booths, is a great fit and something we’re incredibly proud of.”
About Cooper King Distillery
Located in the heart of Yorkshire, Cooper King Distillery is a self-built, family-owned gin and whisky distillery built on the site of a stable, producing award-winning sustainable spirits underpinned by craftsmanship, honesty and adventure. Formed in 2016, by Dr Abbie Neilson, a former scientist and Chris Jaume, a chartered architect, Cooper King Distillery is independent, self-built and powered by 100% green energy.
With a desire to leave the rat race, co-founders Chris and Abbie travelled across the globe, in search of sun, sand and adventure. Whilst visiting Australia the pair became fascinated by Tasmania’s eight operational whisky distilleries and the hand-crafted premium whisky industry, which was just starting to take off in this part of the world.
With a mission to bring their discoveries back to Britain, Chris and Abbie set up a truly independent craft distillery back home in Sutton-on-the-Forest in North Yorkshire.
Taught by Bill Lark, the godfather of Tasmanian whisky, and armed with a wealth of knowledge gathered from across Tasmania’s now internationally acclaimed New World whisky distilleries and beyond, Cooper King Distillery produces authentic premium spirits, using the highest quality ingredients that England has to offer.
The distillery’s inaugural product, Cooper King Dry Gin was released in May 2018.
Hand distilled using honey from the distillery’s beehives, lemongrass and a touch of locally-grown lavender, the gin has incredible savoury lemongrass flavours, a silky mouthfeel and delicate floral notes.
Produced in micro-batches, Cooper King is the first distillery in Yorkshire to combine innovative cold vacuum distillation with traditional hot copper-pot distillation, in a process that’s tailored to suit each individual botanical, ensuring they extract the freshest, fullest flavours.
The initial reviews of Cooper King Dry Gin are extremely positive, with The Gin Fayre describing it as a ‘game-changer’, and the Gin Foundry, one of the foremost specialist authorities on gin, commenting: “It’s a big spirit, rich and spiced. […]. It is super tasty and we’ll definitely keep coming back for more.”
The company is the first distillery in Europe to join international environment initiative, 1% for the Planet, which sees at least 1% of sales of Cooper King Dry Gin contributed towards environmental non-profits. Cooper King Distillery will plant one square metre of native woodland for every bottle sold through a partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.
Its initial batch of premium single malt whisky, made using Yorkshire barley, went into production in summer 2019, with a projected release date of 2023.
Inspired by Chris’s great-great-grandfather, Charles Cooper King, the name Cooper King has rich historical ties to England and Yorkshire. Born in 1843, Charles, who was Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Marine Artillery, traced the Cooper King family history back to 1030, where he identified the Pigot family of Yorkshire, whose shield can still be seen today throughout Ripon Cathedral.
The Cooper King Distillery Founders’ Club is offering craft spirit lovers a unique opportunity to become part of the Cooper King family and help make English distilling history. Membership tiers start from £30, which is ideal for a gift, through to more established memberships which include a name engraving on the Founders’ Plaque in the distillery. Memberships also offer first access to rare and collectable whisky in the form of new, special, and small-batch releases, individually numbered single cask releases from their early casks, plus the chance to own Cooper King Distillery’s Inaugural Release bottle #1.
To find out more about Cooper King Distillery, visit http://www.cooperkingdistillery.co.uk/
To join the Founders’ Club, visit https://www.cooperkingdistillery.co.uk/founders-club/