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Dockyard Gin Summer 2022

Dockyard Gin Summer 2022 - Prince Wine Store

Dockyard Gin Summer 2022

It seems like summer has finally arrived so we thought it a good moment to remind you about the unique Copper Rivet Distillery’s Dockyard Gin and other spirits.

We were first introduced to the distillery by Melbourne bar owner, Gerald Diffey. He was fairly passionate about this range of gins he’d seen on a trip back to the UK and urged us to import some. We knew Gerald knew his stuff so we were interested but wary given the number of Gins in the market, but once we delved deeper into the operation and then tasted the range we were sold.

The distillery is a relatively new operation headed by Bob Russell and sons, Matthew and Stephen. It is unique in several senses but first off it is housed in a Victorian-era pumphouse in the now derelict Chatham Dockyard south of London. The dockyard was at one time of huge importance to the Empire building ships for the Royal Navy from Napoleonic times through to the Falklands.

The pumphouse # 5 was used to pump out water for the dry docks. Russell saw an opportunity to revitalise a magnificent piece of English architecture, give some locals a job and indulge his passion for making bespoke spirits.

To do this he decided to take the road less travelled in distilling and instead of buying in bulk spirit to make his Gin he decided to make his own and to source everything from within 20 miles of the distillery.

So, the father and sons team organised contracts to buy crops of early harvest wheat, barley, and rye from farmers on the Isle of Sheppy, just off the coast in the Thames Estuary. Each year they have the pick of the grain they want and in-so-doing have ultimate control over the quality of their base spirit. From there they use a range of traditional botanicals to produce their flagship traditional Navy Strength Gin – Dockyard.

The range extends to include a Damson Gin with Damsons sourced from the nearby Kent orchards and an unoaked Whisky called Son of a Gun which is a cracking drink over ice or the perfect base spirit for a number of cocktails

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Dockyard Gin Summer 2022

  1. Copper Rivet Dockyard Gin 500ml 41.2% alc
    Copper Rivet Dockyard Gin 500ml 41.2% alc

    Distilled using locally grown barley and Kentish water, this is as fresh and bright as a sunny spring day in the countryside. Elegant and refined gin, with a lovely, half floral, half herbal lift. I tasted it before learning what botanicals had been used in its production, and suspect its fragrant quality comes from the local elderflowers. MAX ALLEN

    Ingredients: Italian Juniper berries, locally sourced elderflower, Bulgarian Coriander seeds, Spanish orange peel, Italian lemon peel, Guatemala green cardamom, grains of paradise from Africa, European Angelica root and Orris root, our own neutral grain spirit and Kentish chalk filtered water.

  2. Copper Rivet Dockyard Damson Gin 500ml 28% alc
    Copper Rivet Dockyard Damson Gin 500ml 28% alc

    The least expensive of the three Copper Rivet spirits, but my favourite. Damson –an ancient variety of plum – has been grown in this part of Kent since Roman times.The damsons are steeped in gin – itself distilled using the kernels and skins of the fruit – resulting in a spirit with a mellow maroon colour, spicy, oaky warm aromas and a deliciously tangy, rich and not-too-sweet autumnal warmth on the tongue. The kind of gin you can sip at the end of an evening – preferably at the bar. MAX ALLEN

    Ingredients: Damson berries, juniper berries, elderflower, coriander seeds, orange peel, lemon peel, green cardamom, grains of paradise, angelica root and orris root, our own neutral grain spirit, Kentish chalk filtered water and new American oak barrels. 

  3. Copper Rivet Dockyard Son of a Gun 500ml 47.4% alc
    Copper Rivet Dockyard Son of a Gun 500ml 47.4% alc

    Described as a "cask-finished English grain spirit" because it hasn't spent enough time in barrel to be designated as whisky (there is a whisky in the works, due for release this year), this has just the faintest hint of pale golden colour and is bursting with ethereal aromas of sweet, freshly milled malted barley, a touch of honey, some lightly toasted linseed and sesame. It's sweet and fine on the tongue, with a deliciously seductive, gently oily texture. An intriguing and unique spirit. MAX ALLEN

    Ingredients: With a specially selected blend of our holy trinity of grains mixed with our Kentish water before being distilled carefully through our traditional pot still.


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Copper Rivet Dockyard Gin 500ml 41.2% alc $90.00 $90.00
Amex and Diner incur 2% surcharge