In good spir­its

Kent Life - - The Diary - WORDS: Caro­line Read PHO­TOS: Manu Palomeque

Ar­ti­san spir­its are a boom­ing busi­ness. You can visit any or all of Kent’s fas­ci­nat­ing dis­til­leries in search of your new favourite tip­ple

go­ing and, frankly, just a lovely drink. And we’ve re­cently added a Dock­yard Oak Aged Dam­son Gin.

“Be­ing part of Chatham Mar­itime and at the site of the for­mer Royal Dock­yard has in­spired us in so many ways. It was a truly a world-class fa­cil­ity and was a hot­bed of in­no­va­tion and craft. That’s partly why we de­signed and made our still our­selves with lo­cal crafts­men; why we de­cided we must cre­ate our own spirit rather than buy­ing it whole­sale; and why we de­cided to go fur­ther than al­most any other dis­tillery and grow our grain in part­ner­ship with lo­cal farm­ers.

“Our dis­tillery tour is a top-rated ex­pe­ri­ence on Tri­pAd­vi­sor. As part of the tour there’s a spirit tast­ing and, of course, a gin and tonic in our cosy bar. The only tip is to plan your visit – our tours are of­ten booked up a month in ad­vance.” www.cop­per­riv­et­dis­

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