Liveryman Stephen Gould and Karen Knight founded the Golden Moon Distillery in 2008 and they have just received the prestigious Bubble Cap Award for Distillery of the Year, by the American Distilling Institute (ADI). The award is considered the craft distilling industry’s highest honour and is presented to a distillery that most exemplifies ADI’s values, including excellence in production, quality, transparency and education as a leader in the industry.
“It’s an enormous honour to be recognised by the ADI and our industry peers as this year’s Distillery of the Year,” says Gould. “The entire Golden Moon Distillery family has worked hard to get Golden Moon to where it is today. Our handcrafted herbal spirits and liqueurs are fermented and distilled using traditional methods going back to the 1800s. We have a lot more work to do to realise our vision so it is incredibly flattering that our industry has recognised our achievements to date and our plans for the future.”
On Friday 1st December, HRH The Princess Royal officially opened Copper Rivet Distillery in Chatham’s Historic Dockyard. The three founders, Bob Russell and his sons Matthew and Stephen welcomed her to their beautiful distillery before introducing her to the team.
During the tour, The Princess Royal tried her hand at using a copper ‘valinch’ to extract barrel samples of the maturing Masthouse Whisky, which will be ready for release in 2020.
Copper Rivet Distillery is one of only very few distilleries to control the whole distillation process from grain to glass. In addition, it has agreements with local farmers on the neighbouring Isle of Sheppey to grow their ‘Holy Trinity’ of wheat, barley and rye so as to let them control every aspect of the flavour of their spirits.
Copper Rivet Distillery opened its doors in October 2016 and since then has gone from strength to strength. Its Vela Vodka won the top Double Gold award in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition; its award-winning Dockyard gin has had the honour of launching HMS Medway, the first ship ever to be launched with gin; and its Son of a Gun English grain spirit, finished in oak barrels, is pioneering a new drinks category for Britain’s ever more inventive army of mixologists.
Stephen Russell says, “To receive a visit from HRH Princess Royal to officially open the distillery has been the icing on the cake for us and for all our suppliers in Kent. Chatham was the first Royal Dockyard in the time of Elizabeth 1st, and is now a rising star again in the time of Elizabeth 2nd. Copper Rivet Distillery is symbolic of that re-birth and, as a local family, we are proud of Chatham, and proud of Kent.”
10,000 visitors have already visited the distillery and its delicatessen area on the increasingly popular tours.
Anchor Distilling Company’s cognac brand Hine has released a pair of 1987 vintage cognacs, a Jarnac-matured and an Early-Landed.
Hine claims to have initiated the concept of making rarities and vintage cognacs commercially available throughout the world. In each exceptional year, Hine has set aside casks of Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie to mature in the 18th century cellars beneath its offices in Jarnac, or be shipped in cask to the UK and matured as Early-Landed cognac.
The custom of Early-Landed cognac at Hine dates back to the 19th century when casks were first shipped to Bristol, to mature in the unique conditions offered in south-west England. The 1987 Early-Landed was shipped in fine-grained French oak casks to Wickwar, near Bristol, at the end of 1989 to gently develop and mature to perfection in dark, damp cellars.
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