Classification: Straight Rye Finished in Used Bourbon Barrels
Company: Kooper Family Whiskey Co.
Distillery: 3 year old rye is from MGP and 5 year old rye is from an undisclosed distillery in Tennessee
Release Date: Ongoing
Age: Blend of 3 & 5 year old straight ryes
Mashbill: 3 Year Rye : 95% Rye, 5% Malt; 5 Year Rye: 51% Rye, 36% Corn, 13% Malt
MSRP: $40 (2020)
Custard | Creme brulee | Vanilla | Raisins | Seasoned oak | Delicious rich nose
Creme brulee | Caramel | Cinnamon | Butter | Soft fruit | Incredibly rich bakery
Rye spice | Syrupy vanilla | Baking spice | Seasoned oak
I guess when you source whiskey you technically own it, however Kooper Family Rye’s label definitely gives the impression that Kooper Family Whiskey Co. distilled it by saying “our” multiple times when referring to the whiskey used in the blend (although they never used “distilled” on the label). Despite this, Kooper Family Rye is a winner. It’s an incredibly rich tasting rye that is filled with delicious bakery-type flavors. Interestingly, their bottle and website doesn’t make reference to this being finished in used bourbon barrels to achieve this, but you can’t disagree with the results. It can be surprisingly a bit hot at times for a 90 proof whiskey, but a few dabs of water help this. All in though, it is an amazing tasting whiskey that you should buy right now.