Copperfield: gin inspired by literature
Dr Christopher Smart and his wife Professor Katherine Smart launched the Surrey Copper Distillery in 2018, and created a gin based on a recipe penned by Ambrose Cooper in his Complete Distiller first published in 1757. This gin brings history to life!
Chris and Katherine are avid collectors of rare and antiquarian books. Surrey Copper Distillery is inspired by literature, and Cooper’s book was the first manual to the art of distillation and remains an important reference work to this day.
The couple’s first product was Copperfield London Dry Gin, which uses the heart of the 1757 Cooper recipe with a few modern tweaks. The Copperfield name is inspired by Dickens’ classic novel and further ‘editions’ (2 and 3) have followed.
The gin’s development process started in the distillery’s state-of-the-art spirits laboratory which houses Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, two 2-litre copper pot stills. The recipe was then refined and scaled up in Alice, a 20 litre small-batch still. Full scale production in Clara, a 300 litre carterhead solid copper still, commenced in early 2019.
Copperfield gin is hand-bottled and hand-labelled. Its distinctive book-shaped bottle perfectly fits the hand for pouring and looks great on any drinks shelf. It is embellished with a stunning illustration of interwoven botanicals overlaid with rich copper foiling and pays homage to book covers from the late nineteenth century. It is elegant and utterly unmistakable.
COPPERFIELD LONDON DRY GIN VOLUME 1
In line with gins of the 18th century just 10 carefully selected botanicals are used (juniper, angelica, orris root, liquorice, cubeb berries, lemon peel, elderflower, caraway, cardamom and coriander). Juniper rich, lightly floral with woody spice Copperfield London Dry Gin is round and smooth with good complexity and length.
A measure of Copperfield London Dry Gin poured over ice, add a premium tonic water and garnish with fresh lemon peel and a single mint leaf
COPPERFIELD LONDON DRY GIN VOLUME 2
Copperfield London Dry Gin Volume Two is juniper-led and exceptionally smooth with fragrant floral notes and subtle hints of spice. Botanicals include Pink Peppercorns, Cubeb Berries, Rose Petals, Hibiscus, Elderflower and Lavender.
A measure of Copperfield London Dry Gin Volume 3 poured over ice. Add a floral tonic water with seasonal berries such as raspberries or strawberries.
COPPERFIELD LONDON DRY GIN VOLUME 3
Copperfield London Dry Gin Volume Three is juniper-led and exceptionally smooth with traditional winter spice notes and subtle hints of bitter orange.
A measure of Copperfield London Dry Gin Volume 3 poured over ice, add Merchant’s Heart Hibiscus Tonic water and garnish with an orange wheel and raspberries. Alternatively, use any premium Indian tonic water or fruity tonic.
To find out more about the Copperfield range with some lovely cocktail recipes, head to their website.
Want to give Copperfield gins a try? We have two from their range in April’s box!