Copper Rivet Distillery site, has an immense historical heritage.
In 1606, the first Union flag was sewn at the site. Lord Admiral Nelson moored his naval fleet at Chatham Docks, including HMS Victory, the first class 104 gun boat. HMS Victory, is best known as Lord Admiral Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
Copper Rivet Distillery, are one of less than 5 true grain to glass gin distillers. All grains are grown within 20 miles of the distillery site, the spent grain goes back to the same farms the grains were grown to feed the cattle.
Every single bottle of Dockyard gin is traceable and if you enter the batch code of the bottle onto the CRD website, you can see the fields were the grains were grown.
All of the stills are built by local craftsman, with the exception of the swan neck for the whisky still, and the family sought the expertise from Scotland.
Janet, the gin still is a patented still, and the only still in the world where a double distillation of maceration, and infusion takes place in one still. Copper Rivet is owned by the Russell family, Bob, and his 2 sons Stephen, and Matthew. Along with Abhi Banik, the master distiller. It’s a small family business, creating artisan craft spirits, that are completely natural, as well as the focus being on sustainability.
You would have to scour the 7 seas to find a spirit more versatile, go ahead – ignite the spark of libations.
It is said that as shrapnel tore through the ocean, the guns that fired it induced a timely labour. Sailors born this way, would be forever known as the Son of a Gun. Deep and complex, this spirit is handcrafted in small batch stills at Chatham Dockyard, and remains today an irreverent spirit.
Express oils from an orange peel, and coat the rim of a glass – leave the peel in the glass, add a sugar cube and soak in the bitters. Add 3 cubes of ice and Son of the Gun. Stir again briefly.
A soft medium bodied clean spirit with floral notes, and tropical fruits with vanilla, honey and oats finish.