Copper & Kings unveils rye whiskey barrel-aged brandy

Kentucky-based Copper & Kings has teamed up with Chicago distillery Few Spirits to launch an American brandy matured in rye whiskey barrels.

Copper & Kings via Chicago American Brandy combines “the richness and silky power of American brandy with the bold grace of American rye whiskey”. Few spirits president and distiller Paul Hletko describes it as being “big, bold and velvety” and as “whiskey masquerading as a brandy”. Copper & Kings master distiller Brandon O’Daniel said: “This was great brandy to start – a really lovely blend. The youngest spirit is over five years with most of it being a lot older – probably an average of eight years to be fair. “A maturation cycle of two years is, well, more than just finishing and polishing the spirit – it’s about marrying profiles and letting the barrel magic happen completely and authentically. “Rye’s quite a fruity, herbaceous, peppery whiskey, and this, in combination with the dark fruit, honey and caramel of the brandy, is just a marriage made in heaven. “I love the spice notes, the robust power, the structure, but most of all I love that long, velvety finish. I really, really wish we had much more of this. It’s going to be gone too fast.” Bottled at 54% abv, Copper & Kings via Chicago American Brandy has an RRP of US$50 for 750ml. It is available at the distillery, and through a limited number of select retailers in Chicago, New York City and Kentucky.