Cooper King Distillery in North Yorkshire has released its first batch of gin, distilled used honey from its own beehives.
Described as England’s first self-built gin and whisky distillery, it is producing the new Cooper King Dry Gin in micro-batches through state-of-the-art vacuum distillation and a traditional copper pot still.
The gin is made with honey, lemongrass and locally grown lavender, giving it savoury lemongrass flavours, a silky mouthfeel and delicate floral notes. It has ABV of 42%.
The distillery, which plans to release its first whisky in 2022, was established in 2014 by Chris Jaume, a chartered architect, and Dr Abbie Neilson, a former scientist, in Sutton-on-the-Forest in North Yorkshire on the site of a former horse’s stable.
Abbie said: “We are extremely excited that we are finally able to share our gin with the world. Having begun this journey more than four years ago and given up our careers to chase this dream, it is truly amazing to see the support we receive day in day out.”
The distillery will invite local people and tourists to experience first-hand how gin and whisky are made, with a production area, cask maturation warehouse, tasting room and spirit shop opening to the public this summer.
It has become the first European distillery to join international environmental initiative 1% for the Planet, through which it pledges to donate 1% of annual sales of the flagship gin to support non-profit organisations.