We are Abbie and Chris

Once a scientist and an architect, we are now the founders of England’s most exciting new 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 of good whisky, we made it our mission to bring their ethos back home.

We've now 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 distilleries and beyond, we'll settle for making nothing less than authentic spirit, unshackled from tradition.

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RETURNING TO ENGLAND

Over the last 2 years we've sourced the finest ingredients and best craftsman, and are now working hard to raise funds through the Founders’ Club to get the stills fired up and spirit flowing later this year.

We've supported many businesses across Yorkshire and England on our journey so far, and have recently won a grant to help reduce our environmental impact.

Establishing a distillery which focuses on flavour and authenticity to bring unique and exceptional spirits to the table, has been our goal from the outset. We can’t wait to launch Cooper King Distillery and swap mass-produced bland spirit for something more adventurous.

Read more about our innovative spirits.

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FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY

This exciting and challenging venture is now entering its final stages. All licences and approvals are in place and the self-building is underway, thanks to the help of Founders, friends and family.

We’re currently in talks with a pretty special producer regarding our first whisky casks, and the copper pot still is soon to set sail from Tasmania to England. The adventures have only just begun.

Join in the adventure and enjoy first-release products by becoming a member of the Founders’ Club or follow our journey on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.