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Copper Rivet Distillery launches first Masthouse Whisky

Copper Rivet Distillery has announced the release of its first single-estate, field-to-bottle whisky: Masthouse Single Malt.

Crafted by head distiller Abhi Banik in accordance with the distillery's Invicta Whisky Charter, the whisky is pot-distilled, unfiltered and matured in ex-Bourbon and virgin American white oak barrels. It is made with specially grown Kentish malted barley, Belgravia, from the nearby Isle of Sheppey.

It is the first (very limited) release in its core Masthouse whisky range, with Column Malt and Grain whiskies set to be release over the next 12 to 24 months. The name of the collection is inspired by the tradition of mast-making at Chatham's Royal Dockyard, where Copper Rivet is based. 

Copper Rivet Distillery's co-founder Stephen Russell said: "We're obsessive about creating beautiful, accessible spirits for people's enjoyment and the way we've built our whisky distillery reflects that. We're not in Scotland, so we have some flexibility in the process. Among the most significant differences between Scotch and English whisky is that England's whisky distillers are not bound to using only certain types of casks and stills, so we have a big opportunity to be creative and innovative in the way we bring flavour through."

He added: "We wanted to give consumers a clear idea of what to expect from Masthouse Whisky, so we created the Invicta Whisky Charter. This is our declaration of the high standards we apply to making whisky so that our customers can trust and appreciate the spirit. Every bottle clearly details the grain variety we use, the name of the field in which the grain was grown, and the barrel numbers from which the spirit was taken."

Masthouse Whisky Bottle Strength, 45% ABV, is available to pre-order from Master of Malt and from the Copper Rivet Distillery website with a recommended price of £45 for a 50cl bottle, and will ship to customers in early December.

16 November 2020 - Bethany Whymark