We are Abbie & Chris

Once a scientist and an architect, we are now the founders of England’s smallest whisky distillery. In 2014, a desire to leave the rat race led us across the globe to Australia, in search of sun, sand and adventure. Whilst in Tasmania and researching for a whisky blog for friends back home, we visited all eight operational whisky distilleries at a time when the industry was just taking off. These small producers were carving a path for hand-crafted premium whisky.

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It began in tasmania

Inspired by the ingenuity and determination of the Tasmanian whisky distillers and compelled by our love for good whisky, we made it our mission to bring their ethos back home and set up a truly independent craft whisky distillery right here in Blighty. 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, we'll settle for making nothing less than authentic premium spirit.

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Adventurous spirits

Establishing a distillery which focuses on quality and authenticity to bring unique and exceptional spirits to the table, has been our goal from the outset. We are not cutting corners. We are here for the long run. With inspiring people around us and a talented support network, we can launch Cooper King Distillery and swap mass-produced bland spirit for something more adventurous.  

follow our journey

We've been sourcing the finest ingredients and searching for the best craftsmen. We're also striving to support local businesses, care for the environment and value provenance. We are now in the final stages of setting up this exciting and challenging venture. HMRC have given us the go-ahead, planning approval has been granted and we're soon to launch our Founders' Club to raise the final funds to bring the project to completion. Sign up to our mailing list to get the latest news and follow our progress.