Cooper King Distillery opened in Yorkshire

The Tasmanian way of whisky making now also used in a micro distillery in England

The world of whisky has seen a new distillery grown up in North Yorkshire, to be exact in the town of Sutton-on-forest. The Cooper King Distillery was officially opened on 2nd June 2018. It is a distillery that can be called different – in several ways.

The scientist Abbie Neilson and the architect Chris Jaume built the distillery on their own with help from their familiy, friends and the founder’s club of the distillery – a fundraising project. Their teacher and mentor was Bill Lark, the “King of the Tasmanien whisky”. His Lark Distillery and the other distilleries of Tasmania draw their interest when they went to Australia in 2014 to “leave the rat race”. The magic of whisky didn’t let them go and they learnt the art of whisky making at Lark Distillery. They decided to quit their jobs and start a new career as distillery owners.

A micro distillery with a green footprint

Back in England Abbie Neilson and Chris Jaume startet their distillery project securing finances with crowdfunding and public funding programs. In May 2018 the first gin was released. Now in summer the production of whisky is planned to start. The distillery uses 100% green energy and the whisky will be based only on local barley. The malt for the Cooper King Single Malt Whisky will be produced at Warminster Maltings in the traditional way of floor malting.

A 900 liter Tasmanian pot still is the heart of the distillery: probably the is the only of its kind outside Australia. For maturation of the whisky small casks will be used that are mad by the Engllish cooper Alastair Simms at White Rose Cooperage in Nord Yorkshire, not far from the Cooper King distillery.

A name with historical backround

The distillery was named after Chris‘ great-great-grandfather Charles Cooper King. In 1885 he had documented the family’s roots here in Yorkshire back to the year 1050. Buy the way: the two owners of the Cooper King Distillery got an official confirmation that they are allowed to use the term “king” in their company’s name.

Picture: Cooper King Distillery