Copper & Kings Reserve Brandy
Throwing a little bit of a curve ball at you today on this #MyWineMonday. When was the last time yupi tasted really good brandy made in the USA?
I am going to venture a guess that the answer is never for most of you. Well, here’s your chance.
Copper & Kings is a brandy distillery. The are not a whiskey maker that makes brandy as a side gig hoping to shore up some cash flow before their whiskey is ready, they just make brandy.
They us a copper pot still “Alembic” distillation system with a low fermentation point to exhaust every level of flavor and nuance from the wine which is sourced from California. They then age their brandies in ex-bourbon barrels, which they have determined to be the best vessel for not only creating a truly unique spirit, but also 100% made in the USA.
They add another twist to their maturation process. Five large subwoofers in the barrel storage area that provide what they call Sonic Aging to their spirits. “We pulse (a bass note in particular) music through the cellar. The alcohol molecule being less dense than a water molecule starts to move away from the pulse, and collide with other alcohol molecules inside the barrels which eventually collide with the barrel wall, they slide up the wall, which starts to create a “distillate wave” inside the barrel resulting in increased frequency of contact over time between the distillate with the barrel walls and in our opinion enhances maturation.” Kind of cool.
- Name: Copper & Kings Reserve Brandy
- Age: Indeterminate
- Country of Origin/Locale: Louisville, KY
- Proof: 124.0
- Glass: Glencairn
- Temperature: Room first to taste, then add an ice cube
- Cocktail Options: This would make an excellent brandy old fashioned.
- Available: Yes!
- Price: List Price – $74.99 JJ’s VIP Price – $59.99
Tom’s Tasting Notes: I started this blog by stating that I am going to throw you a bit of curve ball. I hope I accomplished that, and I hope you have learned something that I too have learned… This stuff is really good. Thick, dark with a golden hue in the glass. Aromas of vanilla caramel with additional aromas of blackberry and cherry. I couldn’t drink this at 124 proof. Adding an ice cube to the glass really toned down the alcohol and let those fruit notes shine. I hope you enjoyed this one.
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Cocktail Suggestion: Blackberry Brandy Old Fashioned
2.0oz of Copper & Kings Butchertown Reserve Brandy
2 Tsp of Demerara Syrup
2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
Muddle two of the blackberries in a mixing glass. Add the syrup, bitters and brandy. Stir thoroughly and double strain over a large cube in a double old-fashioned glass and garnish with your remaining blackberry.