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Cooper King Distillery

Cooper King Distillery

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Cooper King Distillery is a self-built, crowd-funded distillery in Sutton-on-the-Forest, York, producing sustainable spirits distilled with craftsmanship, honesty and adventure. It’s the first in England to produce carbon-negative gin and the first in Europe to join environmental initiative 1% for the Planet.

Producing gin, vodka and whisky, they run on 100% green energy and are champions of sustainability. They work closely with Yorkshire farmers, distil using locally grown grain and botanicals, opted for lightweight recycled glass bottles, developed plastic free postage and plant one square metre of native English woodland for every bottle of gin sold.

Founded in 2016 by Dr Abbie Neilson, a former scientist and Chris Jaume, a chartered architect, the venture was inspired by travels to Australia and Chris’s adventurous great-great-grandfather, Charles Cooper King, whose family has rich historical ties to Yorkshire dating back to 1030.

Come join the adventure.


The Old Stable
Stillington Road
Sutton On The Forest
YO61 1EH
United Kingdom

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  • A carbon-negative gin, meaning each bottle removes 1kg more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits and plants 1 square metre of native UK woodland
  • Hand distilled, bottled and labelled at the distillery, using 100% renewable energy. £1 from every bottle sold is donated to our tree-planting charity partner, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.
  • Tasting notes: plenty of sweet barley and fruit on the nose, toffee pennies and a beautiful maltiness on the palate, and a long rich finish.
  • Yorkshire raspberries and fresh basil are steeped in our award-winning Dry Gin for two months before being lightly sweetened. Bottled under the Cooper King Pilot Series label, a range of small-batch, ...
  • Founders Abbie and Chris unpack the Tasmanian whisky still at the distillery in Yorkshire. See how 800kg of copper transforms into a whisky still (along with a lot of head scratching).
  • Building a distillery from scratch takes a lot of persistence, coffee, crumpets, and a generous dose of hard-working friends and family to see it through to completion.
  • Founders Abbie and Chris explain why they ditched the daily grind to bring you outstanding English whisky and gin from the heart of Yorkshire.
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