Reserve casks. Non-chill filtered. 124 proof.
Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. is launching new Butchertown American Brandy. Named to honor the history of its home neighborhood, just east of downtown Louisville, the new offering from reserve casks is bottled at 124 proof.
The history of the Butchertown is traced back to 1796 when Henry Fait established a gristmill in the neighborhood. Since then, the neighborhood has been home to butchers, brawlers, bakers and brewers, artists, artisans, distillers, tanners, orphans and families. Bounded by the mighty Ohio to the north and lovely Beargrass Creek to the east, the current Butchertown renaissance has made it the “Brooklyn of Louisville.”
“There’s just so much to say. Where do you start? We are crazy in love with Louisville, and our local neighborhood. Butchertown is a central downtown neighborhood, but remains a bit of an outsider. Butchertown through history has fought for itself and stood up for itself. It’s feisty, proud, imaginative, and has a strong independent streak. We fit in perfectly.”
– Founder Joe Heron
“Butchertown American Brandy represents this liberated spirit,” said Heron. “High proof spirits are totally cool. I love the way that the liquid hits your tongue and literally spreads out as the vapors carry through your olfactory senses – all the aroma, all the flavor… the horsepower is just so sexy, and you can always lower proof if you want. This is definitely not an umbrella cocktail spirit, but man, does it deliver a grown-up libation.”
“Boom, boom,” declares creative director Ron Jasin. “Imagine bottling the spirit of John Lee Hooker, all supple, sexy, full-bodied and rhythmic. Imagine bottling the spirit of the Modern Jazz Quartet – elevated, elegant, sophisticated, bluesy with a hint of improvisation. This is drop dead gorgeous brandy.”
“Bad ass brandy,” said distiller Alan Bishop. “It balances power and elegance, it delivers complexity with grace. Pure brandy expression in a velvet glove, and so well integrated. The swagger, the concentrated flavors, when you add iced water or a little good ice it literally starts to sing. The blend is 75% Kentucky bourbon barrels and 25% new American oak – which adds a lot to the character, and a completely new dimension to the brandy – without overpowering the fruit.”
Copper & Kings Butchertown American Brandy (124 proof/62% ABV)
$60 per 750mL bottle. Copper pot-distilled, non-chill filtered spirit created without adulteration by added boisé (oak flavor or infusion), sugar or caramel color for an uncorrupted natural flavor and natural color. Some cloudiness or faint suspension may occur, especially at colder temperatures.
Appearance: Golden mahogany color and slightly viscous.
Aroma: Blackberry fruit with hints of cherry, vanilla and oak. Strongly reminiscent of superior whiskey and Kentucky bourbon.
Taste: Fabulous brandy start with bold, robust, strong whiskey notes with brandy fruit coming towards the back end. Rock ‘n roll, almost rye whiskey-like on the mid-palate. Joyous with superb structure and backbone. High proof “chewy” with hints of Irish pot-still fruity whiskey, stone fruit and peaches and dark cherry in the surround sound.
Finish: Slight tannic, oaky dryness that lingers and spreads on the tongue. Velvety smooth and surprisingly approachable for the high proof.
The distillery also produces the following portfolio of fine distilled spirits:
Copper & Kings Craft Distilled American Brandy (90 proof/45% ABV) – $35 for 750 mL bottle
Copper & Kings Immature Brandy (90 proof/45% ABV) – $30 for 750 mL bottle
Copper & Kings Craft Distilled American Apple Brandy (100 proof/50% ABV) – $40 for 750 mL bottle
Copper & Kings Un-Aged Apple Brandy (90 Proof/45% ABV) – $30 for 750mL bottle
Copper & Kings Absinthe Blanche (130 proof/65% ABV) – $55 for 750 mL bottle
Copper & Kings is available in 19 markets including: Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin.
Copper & Kings uses small batch copper pot-distillation to forge untraditional, non-derivative, pure pot-distilled American apple and grape brandies and absinthe that are non-chill filtered with no added sugar, colors, flavors or synthetic chemicals. The state-of-the-art distillery exclusively focuses on the distillation of brandy. Copper & Kings, located at 1121 E. Washington St. in Butchertown, is owned by beverage entrepreneurs Joe and Lesley Heron. Products are currently available in 19 markets in the South, Midwest and Northeast. For more information, visit copperandkings.com or follow @CopperAndKings on Facebook and Twitter.