Super Excellent Gin.
Experience the tradition with a contemporary twist: Cooper’s Best Gin
“It’s Super Excellent!” Sydney Gazette, 1813.
Robert Cooper’s Gin is a reimagination of Australia’s first gin, distilled in the early 1800s by Robert Cooper, an ex-convict in the colony who had perfected his Gin-making techniques in the Gin capital of the time – London.
Dubbed ‘Super Excellent’ by the Sydney Gazette in 1813, we’ve continued the tradition with the newly released Robert Cooper’s ‘Super Excellent’ edition.
Robert Cooper’s builds on the reputation of what was Australia’s first and finest gin, with influences from the co-founder’s Indigenous heritage within the oldest civilisation on Earth. This handcrafted gin made in Sydney uses only the finest hand-foraged native Australian ingredients, including Green Ants, Juniper, Rosemary, Orris Root, Ocean Grapes, Angelica Root, Lemon Myrtle, as well as Orange and Lemon Peel.
Cooper’s Best Gin is proud to have received the following leading international and Australian awards since launch:
Who's Robert Cooper?
Robert Cooper, a London Publican and Distiller, was sent to Australia as a convict for smuggling during the Napoleonic Wars. Ever an enterprising and wily individual, when fronting a London Court to fight the charge of possession of stolen goods and theft, Robert explained that he had merely been smuggling the goods, not stealing them! In 1813, he had arrived a convict in Australia, and by 1818 he was a fully-pardoned emancipist.
Robert created one of the earliest distilleries in Australia at Black Wattle Swamp Bay in modern day Chippendale, distilling the first liquor ever produced in Australia, the original ‘Cooper’s Best Colonial Gin’. Cooper’s Best was known to be on par with the best of the international gins on offer in the colony at the time, including the famed London. In 1813, The Sydney Gazette described Cooper’s Best as ‘Super Excellent.’
Once a year, Cooper would dam the tank stream, flooding George Street, leading to the annual Sydney Regatta Day. Family lore holds that in a dispute with business partner and fellow emancipist James Underwood over their distillery on Old South Head Road at Rushcutters Bay, Cooper insisted he be paid the judgement of One Thousand Six Hundred and Forty Pounds and Ten Shillings in Holey Dollars for resolution of the dispute!
Cooper’s pride and joy with his distillery was enshrined in his construction of Juniper Hall in Paddington, a home for his family and the largest house in the colony at the time. Juniper Hall was named for a core ingredient in his drink of choice, and recalling London’s Juniper Street, where his former distillery was located. The historic Georgian house stills stands proudly today, a legacy to what going against the grain can achieve.
Even though a former convict, Cooper stood for elections on the Legislative Council with the support of the Irish – who were unable to vote at the time. He founded Sydney Grammar School, was a principal shareholder in the Bank of NSW and had 27 children. An illustrious life lived by a man who friends called stout, kind-hearted… but lusty!
Robert Cooper’s descendants are proud to continue their family brewing legacy and Cooper’s ‘Super Excellent’ recipe, with a little help from Friends (thanks Perry!), family lore and all Australian produce collected with the involvement of Australia’s First People.
Philosophy and Tasting Notes
Robert Cooper’s Gin is a reimagination of one of Australia’s first gins. Dubbed ‘Super Excellent’ by the Sydney Gazette in 1813, we’ve built on this reputation with the newly released Robert Cooper’s ‘Super Excellent’ edition.
Robert Cooper’s Super Excellent builds on the tradition of what was Australia’s first and finest gin, with influences from the Co-Founder’s indigenous heritage within the oldest civilisation on Earth. Handcrafted in Sydney, Robert Cooper’s uses only the finest hand-foraged native Australian ingredients, including Green Ants, Juniper, Rosemary, Orris Root, Ocean Grapes, Angelica Root, Lemon Myrtle, as well as Orange and Lemon Peel.
A classic G&T, Robert Cooper style. Garnished to the nines with lemon myrtle, fresh lemon and rosemary, showcasing the delicious flavour of the Super Excellent Gin and creating an amazing aroma and flavour to go with your tonic.
South Head Side
Our South Head Side is our own twist on a classic. To a generous serve of Super Excellent Gin we add lime, mint and lemon myrtle syrup, fresh from our gardens. One of the Super Excellent’s botanicals is lemon myrtle, so we add it back into this classic to give it a zingy refreshing flavour.
We take the best of our fresh garden produce and add it to the Super Excellent Gin. We marry together with elderflower liqueur, Lemon Mint and Apple to create this delicious long drink.
One for the gin enthusiasts, we take this usually dark spirit cocktail and flip it onto the lighter side using Robert Cooper’s. Simply stirred with sugar, lemon peel and orange bitters.