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A Yorkshire-based gin and whisky distillery is one of only three in England to be run solely on green energy.

As England’s smallest and first self-built whisky and gin distillery, Cooper King Distillery will commence production of its juniper-led gin and open its doors to members of the public this spring, the whisky distillation will follow in summer 2018, with a predicted release date of 2023.

Having recently partnered with green energy specialists, Ecotricity, Cooper King is one of only a handful of distilleries in the UK to be 100% green.

Established by co-founders Chris Jaume, a chartered architect and Dr Abbie Neilson, a former scientist, Cooper King Distillery is based in Sutton-on-the-Forest in North Yorkshire.

Whilst visiting Australia, Chris and Abbie became fascinated by Tasmania’s eight operational whisky distilleries and the hand-crafted premium whisky industry, which was just starting to take off in this part of the world.

With a mission to bring their discoveries back to Britain, Chris and Abbie set up a truly independent craft whisky and gin distillery back home in Yorkshire.

Following their passion to have a positive impact on the environment, the couple sought out an energy provider with the same values.

Founded in 1995, Ecotricity is the world’s first green energy company. Holding the title as the greenest energy company in Britain, the firm supplies 100% green electricity and frack-free gas to over 200,000 customers.

Cooper King Distillery also pledges to plant a tree for every Founders’ Club membership sold in a mission to emit carbon emissions.

Commenting on being the UK’s newest green distillery, Cooper King Distillery co-founder Chris Jaume said:

“We are extremely happy with our decision to run on 100% green energy. We are so passionate about ensuring that our actions have a positive impact on the environment and are taking every step we can to operate sustainably.

“It’s great that we are among a select few distilleries in the UK choosing to run solely on green energy; we hope that we can inspire more businesses to make a conscious effort to look at the impact they have on the environment.”

Founder of Ecotricity, Dale Vince, commented:

“Powering a business with green energy is the biggest single step that any business can take to cut the emissions that cause air pollution and climate change.

“Simply by choosing to use green energy, Cooper King Distillery will reduce the environmental impact of their own operations - while also supporting Britain’s energy independence and the green economy.”

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Issued by Emily Docherty, account executive at MacComms. For more information contact Emily 01132041414 or email emily@maccomms.net.

Notes to the editor

About Cooper King Distillery

Located in the heart of Yorkshire, Cooper King Distillery is a family-owned micro-distillery built on the site of a stable, featuring a shop and spirit tasting area.
Its initial batch of premium single malt whisky, made using Yorkshire barley, is scheduled to go into production in summer 2018, with a projected release date of 2023.
Founded in 2014, by Dr Abbie Neilson, a former scientist and Chris Jaume, a chartered architect, Cooper King Distillery is England’s smallest whisky distillery.
With a desire to leave the rat race, co-founders Chris and Abbie travelled across the globe, in search of sun, sand and adventure. Whilst visiting Australia the pair became fascinated by Tasmania’s eight operational whisky distilleries and the hand-crafted premium whisky industry, which was just starting to take off in this part of the world.
With a mission to bring their discoveries back to Britain, Chris and Abbie set up a truly independent craft whisky distillery back home in Sutton-on-forest in North Yorkshire.
Inspired by Chris’s great-great-grandfather, Charles Cooper King, the name Cooper King has rich historical ties to England and Yorkshire. Born in 1843, Charles, who was Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Marine Artillery, traced the Cooper King family history back to 1030, where he identified the Pigot family of Yorkshire, whose shield can still be seen today throughout Ripon Cathedral.
Taught by Bill Lark, the godfather of Tasmanian whisky, and armed with a wealth of knowledge gathered from across Tasmania’s now internationally acclaimed New World whisky distilleries and beyond, Cooper King Distillery will produce authentic premium spirits, using the highest quality ingredients that England has to offer.
The Cooper King Distillery Founders’ Club is offering craft spirit lovers a unique opportunity to become part of the Cooper King family and help make English distilling history. Membership tiers start from £30, which is ideal for a gift, through to more established memberships which include a name engraving on the Founders’ Plaque in the distillery. Memberships also offer first access to rare and collectable whisky in the form of new, special, and small-batch releases, individually-numbered single cask releases from their early casks, plus the chance to own Cooper King Distillery’s Inaugural Release bottle #1.
To find out more about Cooper King Distillery, visit http://www.cooperkingdistillery.co.uk/.
To join The Founders Club, visit http://www.cooperkingdistillery.co.uk/founders-club.

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About Cooper King Distillery

Located in the heart of Yorkshire, Cooper King Distillery is a self-built, family-owned gin and whisky distillery built on the site of a stable.

Formed in 2016, by Dr Abbie Neilson, a former scientist and Chris Jaume, a chartered architect, Cooper King Distillery is independent, self-built and powered by 100% green energy.

With a desire to leave the rat race, co-founders Chris and Abbie travelled across the globe, in search of sun, sand and adventure. Whilst visiting Australia the pair became fascinated by Tasmania’s eight operational whisky distilleries and the hand-crafted premium whisky industry, which was just starting to take off in this part of the world.

With a mission to bring their discoveries back to Britain, Chris and Abbie set up a truly independent craft distillery back home in Sutton-on-the-Forest in North Yorkshire.

Taught by Bill Lark, the godfather of Tasmanian whisky, and armed with a wealth of knowledge gathered from across Tasmania’s now internationally acclaimed New World whisky distilleries and beyond, Cooper King Distillery produces authentic premium spirits, using the highest quality ingredients that England has to offer.

The distillery’s inaugural product, Cooper King Dry Gin was released in May 2018.

Hand distilled using honey from the distillery’s beehives, lemongrass and a touch of locally-grown lavender, the gin has incredible savoury lemongrass flavours, a silky mouthfeel and delicate floral notes.

Produced in micro-batches, Cooper King is the first distillery in Yorkshire to combine innovative cold vacuum distillation with traditional hot copper-pot distillation, in a process that’s tailored to suit each individual botanical, ensuring they extract the freshest, fullest flavours.

The initial reviews of Cooper King Dry Gin are extremely positive, with The Gin Fayre describing it as a ‘game changer’.

The company is the first distillery in Europe to join international environment initiative, 1% for the Planet, which sees 1% of sales of Cooper King Dry Gin contributed towards environmental non-profits. Cooper King Distillery will plant one square metre of native woodland for every bottle sold through a partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

Its initial batch of premium single malt whisky, made using Yorkshire barley, is scheduled to go into production in summer 2018, with a projected release date of 2023.

Inspired by Chris’s great-great-grandfather, Charles Cooper King, the name Cooper King has rich historical ties to England and Yorkshire. Born in 1843, Charles, who was Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Marine Artillery, traced the Cooper King family history back to 1030, where he identified the Pigot family of Yorkshire, whose shield can still be seen today throughout Ripon Cathedral.

The Cooper King Distillery Founders’ Club is offering craft spirit lovers a unique opportunity to become part of the Cooper King family and help make English distilling history. Membership tiers start from £30, which is ideal for a gift, through to more established memberships which include a name engraving on the Founders’ Plaque in the distillery. Memberships also offer first access to rare and collectable whisky in the form of new, special, and small-batch releases, individually-numbered single cask releases from their early casks, plus the chance to own Cooper King Distillery’s Inaugural Release bottle #1.

To find out more about Cooper King Distillery, visit
http://www.cooperkingdistillery.co.uk/