Copperfield gin brings literary twist to Imbibe Live

Amid the tidal wave of gin, washing ever more fresh and exciting brands into our bars, products have gotta stand out – and one new Imbibe Live exhibitor has its sights very much set on the thinking drinker.

The Surrey Copper Distillery was launched last year by Dr Christopher and Professor Katherine Smart who as antique book collectors have gone into the project with literature in mind. 

This is no more evident than in the first product to emerge from the purpose built, family owned distillery. The gin is based on a 1757 recipe from Ambrose Cooper’s Complete Distiller; the first instruction manual on the art of distillation.

Copperfield London Dry Gin’s other literary inspiration comes of course from Dickens’ classic novel David Copperfield.

In keeping with the style of 18th century gins, it uses just 10 botanicals: juniper, angelica, orris root, liquorice, cubeb berries, lemon peel, elderflower, caraway, cardamom and coriander. It’s designed to be sipped or mixed, boasts light florals as well as woody spice and comes in at a healthy 45% abv. 

The Smarts (who we suspect live up to their name) have taken their bookish leanings into production too. At the Surrey distillery – which the team will open for public tours later this year – you’ll find stills called Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum and Alice (of the Wonderland adventures), and a rare carterhead still; Clara.

The bottle itself carries on the theme, with its side designed to look like a book’s spine, and Katherine’s distilling notes visible through the glass. 

Katherine has a PhD in brewing and a DSc in brewing and distilling. She previously worked for the universities of Cambridge, Oxford Brookes and Nottingham as an academic before joining SABMiller where she was the global chief brewer. 

Chris has a PhD in biochemistry and is a qualified distiller who previously worked for Cadburys and Campden BRI, where he was the head of brewing services.

Get your ticket for Imbibe Live now to discover Copper Distillery and all the wonderful gins at the show.