May 22, 2018

Copper & Kings Butchertown Brandy...

Copper & Kings Butchertown Brandy (62.0%): Well, Copper & Kings is not the next big thing in American spirits anymore to be honest, the cat is pretty much out of the bag and almost every spirits enthusiast is already well aware of these pot still distilled grape and apple brandies coming from the heart of the bourbon country Louisville, Kentucky. Which actually means I am kinda late to the party... Although I was sitting on quite a few Copper & Kings beer cask finish samples (thanks to Derek Kendzor) for some time I will start with one of their not-limited releases: Butchertown Reserve Casks Brandy. This grape brandy is named after the Butchertown neighborhood of Louisville and blended 75% with brandies aged in Kentucky ex-bourbon barrels and 25% with brandies aged in medium char new American oak barrels. The spirit in this bottle was sourced from other vendors but new bottlings later this year will start to contain brandies distilled in the distillery. It is bottled at 124 proof, non-chill filtered and unadulterated which means no oak flavor, sugar and/or caramel coloring added to the final product.

Color: Rich bright copper with slow moving legs.

Nose: Mellow spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and powdered ginger. Toasted oak, Maraschino cherries and black cherry soda. Blackberry preserve and blackcurrant chocolate bar. Water adds furniture polish and prunes. It noses like wheat whiskey now...

Palate: Obviously hot at this abv but still carries a lot: Grape jelly, milk chocolate bars and orange peel. Water works great on the palate. Less black fruits more stone fruits now: Apricots, underripe peaches and red plums. Peach compote, cinnamon and apple skin

Finish: Dry and medium long. Red apples and oak. You can feel at the finish how young the spirit is.

Overall: Spicy, fruity, young and full of potential. It is incredibly smart to mature the spirit mostly in used barrels not to overdrive the oaky notes but to balance it with virgin barrels just enough to keep it on the edge. It grew in me with every sip I took. Very exciting bottling... We are indeed living the golden age of American spirits and brandy is such a vast category with a lot of potential. And with distilleries like Copper & Kings trying to create their own style of American Brandy instead of imitating their European counterparts possibilities are endless. Cannot wait to taste their own distillate when it is ready to be bottled...

Price: $33