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Copper & Kings “Bourbon in Grape”

CAPSULE REVIEW

Classification: Bourbon Finished in Grape Brandy Barrels

Company: Copper & Kings

Distillery: Sourced from an undisclosed distillery(ies)

Release Date: July 2022

Proof: 119

Age: NAS

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Bronze

MSRP: $65 (2022)

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NOSE

Fresh cherry | Raspberry | Red grape | Tobacco | Cinnamon stick | Touch of leather | Interesting combination

palate

Dried fruit | Raspberry | Savory tobacco | Allspice | Fresh grape | Rich & well integrated

finish

Cherry pie | Concord grape jelly | Rush of spice | Dark fruit | Medium length

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Copper & Kings finds a winning combination with their “Bourbon in Grape” release, mingling bourbon with grape brandy flavors to create a tasty and unique end result.

Copper & Kings is based out of Louisville, Kentucky, and has made quite the name for themselves with their brandy and non-whiskey products. While the company has done collaborations with other whiskey distilleries, often in the form of barrel finishing, they’ve never released a bourbon under their own name before. That changed this past summer with the release of their first batch of bourbon that will be offered exclusively through their “Bottle-Your-Own” experience at the Copper & Kings Distillery. The company states in their press release, that “the initial Copper & Kings bourbon features sourced bourbon, aged between five and six years and finished for 13 months in Copper & Kings American Brandy barrels. In total, this first release includes 14 single barrels, finished in either apple or grape brandy barrels.”

While Copper & King’s “Bourbon in Apple” release didn’t quite come together, Bourbon in Grape doesn’t disappoint. Finishing in ex-grape brandy barrels, the result combines a barrage of rich dark fruit flavors with a bourbon base in a way that isn’t overpowering in any one direction. There are plenty of rich fruit notes, but the whiskey has a quintessential bourbon undertone that just works. While these are single barrels and one will vary from the next, Copper & Kings has stumbled onto a great combination here that’s worth seeking out at $65 per bottle.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Nick

January 13, 2023
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