Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. announced its latest barrel-finished, pure copper pot-distilled American brandy limited release, Riding With The King.
The launch is timed to coincide with Elvis Week, which takes place August 9-17.
The brandy is just older than five years with 29 months of maturation in juicy King Estate Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre French oak barrels that are 60 gallons in size. This followed an original 32 months in Kentucky bourbon barrels. The distillate is 100 percent Muscat de Alexandrie and double-distilled in Copper & Kings’ Vendome copper pot stills. As with all Copper & Kings’ American Brandy, the spirit is non-chill filtered with natural color and natural flavor, unadulterated with boisé or caramel color.
“This is nice and crisp, a little frisky, with red wine and red fruit notes. The tannins from the French oak give it a little grip, a slight ‘chewiness’ building to a sexy dry mid-palate, and then it finishes clean and long. It’s bright with hints of savory spice, cranberry and cherries with a bit of zip. It is non-chill filtered and 108 proof, so a bit of cold water or some ice opens it up beautifully. I’m proud of it and I think that it will appeal to lovers of youthful, fruity Armagnac but also brandy drinkers, scotch drinkers and American whiskey drinkers. You can’t fence us in—we will keep taking American brandy in new directions, and that’s the joy of it.”
– Brandon O’Daniel, Copper & Kings Master Distiller
“We often say we don’t do passion plays, but in truth we were more than a little in love with the chance to work with the King family, and with Ed King in particular,” Copper & Kings Founder Joe Heron said in a press release. “The King family are true American pioneers, with a sly twinkle, subtle adventurousness and the directness of real entrepreneurs. It’s a proud moment for us at Copper & Kings, and we are very grateful to Ed and his family. It took a while to get in the bottle—almost three years—but wow, another unique American brandy interpretation, another adventure. I’m going to hang on to a few of these for myself.”
Copper & Kings Riding With The King is available nationally in select fine retailers and at the distillery. It retails for $65.