About us

The Surrey Copper Distillery is an independent craft distillery which was founded in 2017 by the Smart family.

We are based in the heart of the beautiful county of Surrey in England, which has inspired authors, artists and artisans for centuries. We make a distinctive library of spirits inspired by history and reflecting the very essence of England. Our stills are made of Copper and have been designed and made to create unique flavour and aroma combinations. The ingredients we use have been carefully selected to provide the very best spirit flavour and aroma experiences which we hope will delight you.


We are a family business. The Distillery was founded by Chris and Katherine Smart with the support and valued advice of their daughters Emma and Sarah.

Christopher Smart

Dr Chris Smart

Managing Director

He has a PhD in biochemistry and is a qualified distiller who previously worked for Cadburys and Campden BRI. At Campden BRI he was the Head of Brewing Services providing consultancy to brewers and distillers from corporate to craft.

Katherine Smart

Professor Katherine Smart


She has a PhD in brewing and a DSc in Brewing and Distilling. She is a qualified distiller and taster of spirits. She previously worked for the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford Brookes and Nottingham as an academic before joining SABMiller PLC where she was the Global Chief Brewer. Katherine is a University Lecturer in Brewing and Distilling at the University of Cambridge.  Katherine is a Distiller, Botanist, Scientist and an Author.

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