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England’s ‘smallest’ whisky distillery to start production next spring

Cooper King Distillery – England’s ‘smallest’ whisky distillery – has pushed back the start date of its whisky production to spring 2018, while gin distillation will begin early next year.

Cooper King Distillery founders Abbie Neilson and Chris Jaume

The distillery, based in Sutton-on-the-Forest in North Yorkshire on the site of a former horse’s stable, was founded by Abbie Neilson and Chris Jaume.

The whisky will be made from Yorkshire barley, and the distillery aim to produce 150 bottles a month. The first whisky from Cooper King is slated for release in 2023.

Its gin will be produced in micro-batches that are “filled, labelled and individually numbered by hand” on site. Cooper King is said to be the first distillery in Yorkshire to use both “cold vacuum distillation [and] traditional hot copper-pot distillation”.

The distillery is also seeking people to join its founding members club, which will entitle members to rewards such as a lifetime membership, merchandise, rare bottlings and first releases.

The distillery aims to be run completely on green energy, and will plant a tree for each membership, “to offset carbon emissions”.

Cooper King Distillery has also produced a Yorkshire Gin Map, showing the location of 15 distilleries across Yorkshire.

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