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.
Vela vodka is inspired by a constellation of stars used for navigation by sailors since the Roman times.
Vela vodka, is delightfully distinctive and full of complexity. Crafted in small batches, we hand select only the best early harvest of Kentish, barley, wheat and rye, which is carefully distilled before being charcoal filtered for our award winning vodka. The result is a delightfully distinctive spirit full of flavour, and complex character.
Enjoy, with just a bit of ice, or shake with ice and fresh lime, strain, add crushed ice and top with ginger beer and a wedge of lime.
Smooth, and a delicate balance of cereal and fruit flavours with a pink peppercorn finish.