WE ARE COPPERFISH DISTILLERY
We are based on Buller Quay in the small Cornish coastal town and fishing port of Looe. Here you will find our small craft distillery and retail outlet.
We are a young company established in 2018. Our custom designed bespoke still was sourced and installed by industry experts Ryebeck Ltd.
We hand make high quality great tasting spirits and drinks with passion and pride in small batches, showcasing the best of Cornwall.
- We have a top quality bespoke still and have ongoing expert consultancy advice and support; we take quality seriously and are keen to keep up with latest industry developments.
- We continually evolve our skills in making Authentic Gins, Moonshines, Rums and Whiskeys.
- We are made in Cornwall sourcing local ingredients (where possible), to support our local economy, reduce “drink miles” and create an authentic locally produced product.
- We make our Copperfish branded drinks from scratch.
- We sample and test all our drinks to ensure we give you a great taste.
We started our business in 2018 and towards the end of summer we produced our first batch of Moonshine. Our shop opened its doors on Buller Quay, East Looe August 2018, selling a range of Moonshines and branded merchandise including our cool T-shirts. Our brand Copperfish references the major industries of Cornwall, namely fishing and mining. Distilling is also synonymous with being made in stills known as “coppers”. We worked closely with the talented Andrea Lilley of Moosedisco to bring the logo and the Copperfish creature to life. In creating labels for our range of flavours we chose to reference the colours of copper oxides to keep Copperfish truly authentic.
Much of 2019 was spent talking to suppliers and consultants finding our way forward to be able to produce products in greater quantities with great consistent quality. In the summer of 2019, we found our chosen partner for the important distilling equipment and placed the order.
In December 2019 we formed our current team: Billy (Director), Rob (Distiller), Jemma (Finance and Procurement) and Andy (Sales & Marketing). The bespoke still from Ryebeck Ltd was installed and commissioned and we trialled the first run of our special dry gin recipe.
Now we have the equipment, knowledge and team our next stage of development is to strengthen relationships with trade partners and specialist wholesalers to provide a route to market and to consumers for our tasty drinks.
We are currently working on new product development which we hope to launch later in the year.
WHAT IS COPPERFISH MOONSHINE?
A lot of people ask us…
Our Moonshine is made from a mash including locally sourced Cornish corn, which is fermented and distilled to create a white spirit. We choose corn to give it a sweeter, nuttier taste to that of spirits made with just wheat or barley.
If this white spirit were stored in oak barrels for 3 years, it would then be known as whiskey*.
In essence this is a young spirit which tastes great on its own, or with a good cola in the same way people drink Bourbons.
We create great tasting, flavoured moonshines which are popular in the USA, however we have added a twist by creating popular English flavours.
*(EU law dictates that the spirit must be stored in oak barrels for a minimum of 3 years to be titled as Whiskey).