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.
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 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.
RETURNING TO ENGLAND
Over the last few years we've sourced the finest ingredients and best craftsman, and have worked hard to raise funds through the Founders’ Club to help finance the build. At long last the stills are now fired up and spirit is starting to flow.
We've supported many businesses across Yorkshire and England on our journey so far, and 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. It's time to swap mass-produced bland spirit for something more adventurous.
Read more about our innovative spirits.
FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY
This exciting and challenging venture continues at full-throttle, with the building complete and the first product now released, all thanks to the help of Founders, friends and family.
The copper pot still arrived safely from Tasmania, and we have sourced some pretty special casks from Australia to fill once the new-make spirit starts flowing this autumn.
You can join in the adventure by becoming a distillery founder. You'll enjoy exclusive rewards and become part of the Cooper King story.