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Copperhead

Founder Yvan Vindevogel, a veteran pharmacist, stumbled upon the idea of creating Copperhead while reading about the supposed medicinal properties of gin*. While this is now an antiquated notion, he was subsequently inspired by this history and the increasing modern appetite for the juniper-based spirit, and decided to approach an old friend, who just so happened to own one of the oldest jenever distilleries in Belgium**. His proposal was simple: make a contemporary medicinal-style gin.

The spirits produced would need an independent brand, and once again a fascination with traditional alcohol and its various archaic uses proved pivotal. Supposedly, a secret recipe of ‘a notorious alchemist’, who was attempting to divine ingredients in search of ‘the elixir of life’, was stumbled upon. His name was Mr. Copperhead, and this recipe and legend was assimilated as the backbone of the brand. If you’ve heard the Belgian distillers refer to its products as ‘the alchemist’s gin’, now you know why.

The profile of their gin was to be based on a simple, but effective recipe. Only triple-distilled grain spirits and a decidedly minimalist gin distillate of just five botanicals (juniper and orange zest initially, followed by the gentle application of angelica, coriander, and cardamom) make up Copperhead Gin. Despite this relatively simple sounding composition, this edition was a springboard for much of Copperhead’s subsequent success, exemplified by the Gold medal it won at the 2016 Gin Masters awards in the London Dry category.

Copperhead Gin was followed by more experimental editions such as Copperhead Black, which featured the addition of black tea and elderberry, based on remedies in Vindevogell’s pharmaceuticals. It subsequently took home a Silver medal in the same category and year as Copperhead Gin when it won Gold. Copperhead Barrel Aged Gin also demonstrated the distiller’s willingness to push its traditional methods into the modern sphere.

Since arriving on the market around 2014, Copperhead have established themselves as one of the most exciting producers of gin around, and a leader in Belgium’s fledgling scene. We wrote about the brand in this lovely little blog post, which was centered around the launch Copperhead Gin The Gibson Edition, a collaboration with Marian Beke from Islington-based The Gibson.

*They have all subsequently been disproved - don’t get any ideas.

**Don’t you just love it when that happens?

Copperhead Gin

50cl, 40%

Copperhead Gin is a Belgian expression, made with a selection of five botanicals - Juniper, Cardamom, Orange peel, Angelica and Coriander. It was apparently named after Mr. Copperhead, an alchemist…  More info

Copperhead Gin
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$38.17
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Copperhead Gin - The Gibson Edition

50cl, 40%

Picture it: A collaborative effort from the renowned head bartender at Islington bar The Gibson, Marian Beke and the second oldest operational distillery in Belgium, Copperhead. What a brilliant…  More info

Copperhead Gin - The Gibson Edition
$37.45
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Copperhead Black

50cl, 42%

A variation on Copperhead Gin's recipe, their Copperhead Black features the sweetness of elderberry paired with black Ceylon tea, alongside juniper, coriander, cardamom, orange zest and angelica.  More info

Copperhead Black
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$39.59
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Copperhead Luxe Box Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

50cl, 40%

A wonderfully presented, 100% handcrafted, luxury wooden box from Copperhead Gin, containing a 50cl bottle of its Belgian gin and two beautiful, branded glasses. The company is apparently named…  More info

Copperhead Luxe Box Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$116.89

Copperhead Blends Digestivum

5cl, 80%

These 'blends' are cool little specially formulated bitters or tinctures designed to bring out different aspects of Copperhead Gin. The Digestivum Blend contains ginger to aid digestion, perfect for…  More info

Copperhead Blends Digestivum
$12.79

Copperhead Blends Energeticum

5cl, 80%

Add a few drops to help highlight different sides of Copperhead Gin. The Energeticus Blend contains plenty of guarana for a pick-me-up!  More info

Copperhead Blends Energeticum
$10.22

Copperhead Blends Aperitivum

5cl, 80%

The Copperhead Blends range helps you get the most out of this Belgian Gin and the different times you may wish to enjoy it. Aperitivum contains palate-cleansing angelica and grapefruit, perfect for…  More info

Copperhead Blends Aperitivum
$12.79

Copperhead Barrel Aged Gin

50cl, 46%

This Belgian gin takes it name from two sources, the copper alembic still its aged in, and the copperhead snake that is known as the symbol of the pharmacy. The result of a collaboration between…  More info

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Copperhead Gin Gift Pack

50cl, 40%

A gift pack of Copperhead Gin. It contains a 50cl bottle of their Belgian gin - made with Juniper, Cardamom, Orange peel, Angelica and Coriander - as well as two 50cl bottles of Fever Tree…  More info

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Copperhead Gin Alchemist's Gift Box

65cl, 67.5%

A wonderfully presented "Alchemist's Box" from Copperhead Gin, containing a 50cl bottle of their Belgian gin (made with Juniper, Cardamom, Orange peel, Angelica and Coriander) and three different…  More info

Copperhead Gin Alchemist's Gift Box

Copperhead Blends Gift Box

15cl, 77%

The Copperhead Blends in a handy set! Three bottles of bitters that you can be use to highlight certain aspects of their Belgian gin for different occasions: Digestivum contains ginger to aid…  More info

Copperhead Blends Gift Box

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