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Copper & Kings American Brandy Co Barrel Finished Absinthe Alembic

Copper & Kings American Brandy Co Barrel Finished Absinthe Alembic with its sister expression, Absinthe Blanche

Copper & Kings American Brandy Co Barrel Finished Absinthe Alembic with its sister expression, Absinthe Blanche

Category - Spirits, absinthe, 65% abv

Available - From this week

Location - The US, available across Copper & Kings' 35 markets in the country

Price - SRP of US$55 per 75cl bottle

Copper & Kings American Brandy Co has added a barrel-finished iteration to its permanent range of brandy-based absinthe alembic in the US. The Kentucky-based craft distiller is also launching updated packaging across the (now) two-strong absinthe portfolio.

Like the Blanche expression of Copper & Kings' absinthe range, Barrel Finished Absinthe Alembic is double-distilled in copper pot stills and is non-chill filtered.

The company also produces gin, as well as brandy.

The US is widely-expected to be one of the major growth drivers for spirits companies going forward. "Americans today are indulging themselves," Chris Bauder, GM of whiskies at Beam Suntory, told just-drinks in 2015. "The real beauty of this 'premium rush' is that it allows consumers the opportunity to define luxury for themselves and create a feeling of affluence on their own terms.

"The definition of luxury becomes individualised, depending on people's lifestyle, income and values."

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Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co is relaunching its absinthe spirits in new packaging and adding a barrel finished absinthe to the permanent line-up. In addition, the distillery also serves a unique rotating, bottle-your-own barrel aged variant available for purchase by distillery visitors.

Copper & Kings has made brandy-based absinthes since inception, and like it has for American Brandy it has carved a space of quality distillation technique and aggressive innovation. The flagship Absinthe Blanche has been joined in the past with limited release vapour-distilled absinthes (in lavender, citrus and ginger variants) and Zmaj aged in Serbian Juniper wood barrels.

"We adore absinthe. We always have, and we love taking it in to different spaces and places," says Copper & Kings founder Joe Heron. "We think we are pretty good at it (well, we would I guess) and I think our affection for it shows in the bottle. We wanted to give a fresh, cohesive bottle projection with our other botanical spirits, and flag the exclusively double-distilled alembic copper pot-distillation process without the use of re-distilled Grain Neutral Spirits". 

"Historically the original absinthe was brandy based, which was why we started distilling absinthe in the first place. We make a very classical absinthe – from the botanical blend to the fruit distillate base," says Copper & Kings master distiller Brandon O'Daniel. "Copper pot-distillation is a perfect vehicle for making intense, highly aromatic absinthe, and the double-distilled brandy base coupled with non-chill filtration leaves a heady, leggy, viscous spirit. Our batch proof ceiling is +/-135 Proof – so water dilution is minimal – just enough to slightly bloom and leave the pure essence of the fruit and botanicals. I love this juice."

"We were looking to elevate the spirit and give it a level of preciousness that feels worthy of the history of absinthe, worthy of the care the distilling team give their baby and give a shelf presence that is compelling and very visible. The antique greenbottle style is perfect for both the botanical projection and a sense of quality heft," says Copper & Kings creative director Ron Jasin.

Copper & Kings American Brandy, Gin and Absinthe are double-distilled exclusively in copper pot-stills, and are non-chill filtered, with no post-distillation infusion of boisé (oak flavor or infusion), other flavors, or caramel color for an uncorrupted, authentic, natural flavor, nose and color. The distillery also produces a line of copper pot-distilled liqueurs called Destillaré within the following portfolio of fine distilled spirits:

Copper & Kings Absinthe Alembic Blanche (130 proof/65% ABV) - $55/750 mL
Copper & Kings Barrel Finished Absinthe Alembic (130 proof/65% ABV) - $55/750 mL

Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. distribution footprint includes the following 35 markets including: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Washington D.C.

Original source: Company Release


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