“This will be a distillery like no other in England”
- Master of Malt, 2017
To bring you an outstanding, hand-made English single malt whisky, we will focus on flavour and traceability, not quantity.
We value craftsmanship. Mashing, fermenting, distilling, ageing and bottling of Cooper King whisky will happen under one roof here on site. This will create an authentic and truly unique English whisky, inspired by our experiences in Tasmania.
Inaugural Release whisky from cask #001 is available to members with the Copper Package only, and is expected to launch in 2022.
YORKSHIRE BARLEY, TRADITIONALLY MALTED
Our single malt whisky will be made exclusively from 100% Yorkshire barley, malted in a slow but worthwhile process that has changed little over the last 150 years.
Britain’s oldest working maltings - Warminster Maltings - are supplying our malt. Their slow and labour-intensive floor-malting process results in a superior malt character expression and all their barley is fully traceable back to the farm of origin.
We will combine this malt with pure Yorkshire water to produce our mash here at the distillery.
THE ONLY STILL OF ITS KIND OUTSIDE AUSTRALASIA
Creating a distinctive malt spirit unlike any other in the UK, the custom-made 900 litre copper pot still from Tasmania is the distillery centrepiece and the most important part of the spirit-making process.
Using this to batch-distil our fermented barley water will concentrate the rich flavours and all-important alcohol.
The copper helps remove unwanted impurities, leaving a colourless yet flavoursome malt spirit ('new-make'), ready to put into cask.
CASKS FROM ENGLAND'S LAST MASTER COOPER
New-make spirit will be matured in small oak casks, skillfully coopered and fired by Alastair Simms (the country's last independent cooper), right here in North Yorkshire.
Although more expensive than the larger casks used by high-output distilleries, small casks produce a rich and fruity malt spirit that will fully mature in three to five years.
The cask will impart the majority of flavour to the whisky and all of its colour. Once filled, they will be left to mature here in our bond store. When ready, whisky will be bottled without chill-filtration or caramel colouring.