Louisville, Kentucky-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. announced its two latest, pure copper pot-distilled American luxury gins.
The History Of Lovers is a rose bouquet-forward pink gin, while The Ninth is a bold, juicy, blood orange gin finished in Destillaré Orange Curaçao barrels.
“We’re an excitable bunch, and we are incredibly energized by our gin expressions. We make extraordinary gin, for grown-ups, with sophisticated palates, distinctive and differentiated. We make it our way, with no neutral spirits, distilled on our beautiful copper pot-stills, using a brandy base, and we look to layer and retain complex flavors and sophisticated aromas, without using artificial flavors or colors. These are authentic, luxury, natural distilled gins.”
Joe Heron, Copper & Kings Founder
The History Of Lovers is a gin distilled to retain the intense floral aromatics of rose flowers. Crushed whole juniper berries mixed with rose hips, rose water, honey, sweet orange, tangerine, lime and pink grapefruit peels—alongside jasmine and lavender petals, coriander, pink peppercorns, and licorice root—are macerated in apple brandy low-wine, then redistilled together with vapor-distilled rose hips, pink grapefruit peels and lavender in the gin basket. A flash post distillation maceration of rose hips, hibiscus tincture and strawberry juice concentrate is added for color and perfume.
The Ninth, a self-described symphony in orange, is a bold, juicy blood orange distilled gin. The name is a sly nod to Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony,” music from the famed Stanley Kubrick film, A Clockwork Orange. Double-distilled crushed whole juniper berries together with orange blossom honey, Seville bitter orange peels, sweet orange and grapefruit peels, coriander, cardamom, and grains of paradise are macerated in apple brandy low-wine, then redistilled together with vapor-distilled Seville blood orange peels, sweet orange peels and jasmine in the gin basket. They are then finished in Destillaré Intense Orange Curaçao barrels for added complexity and depth.
“We wanted something unique, transportive and fabled, a Mediterranean beach in a bottle. It’s a bold, sun-soaked, warm orange gin—juicy, orange flesh, marmalade, crisp and not sweet with a touch of tart. Hints of exotic spice. It’s extra smooth from the honey and barrel polish, with accessible balance. Rich, lightly creamy and viscous.”
Brandon O’Daniel, Copper & Kings Master Distiller
Both new gins are recommended for refreshing Gin and Tonics, crisp spritzes, Negronis and delicious cocktail smashes. They both retail for $35 and are available across Copper & Kings’ national distribution footprint and at the distillery.