LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. announces its latest innovation – a deluxe brandy blend of pure copper pot-distilled brandies from the USA and South Africa married and aged for an additional two years in Kentucky Bourbon barrels.
“The USA and South Africa share a common brandy thread as former Dutch colonies, and the origin of the word brandy is Dutch – ‘brandewijn’ or ‘burned wine’ in English,” said Copper & Kings founder Joe Heron. “The first documented spirits distillation in America in 1640 was that of brandy by William Hendricks on Staten Island within the New Netherlands colony. The first distillation of South African brandy was in 1672, by the assistant cook on board the Dutch ship, De Pijl, lying at anchor in Table Bay off Cape Town. So New World brandy is pretty old school. As a South African American, there’s also a very nice personal synchronicity.”
The GEOGR&PHY concept will explore pot-distilled brandy blends combining American Brandy with those from other countries from around the world. An adventure for brandy lovers billed as a libation for “intrepid adventurers, famous explorers, and social travelers.”
The bi-continental brandewijn is an exploration of the symmetry of blending exquisite, elegant South African brandy with rich, fruit forward, feisty rambunctious American Brandy.
“The pot-distilled spirits have much in common,” said Copper & Kings master distiller Brandon O’Daniel. “The grape varietal blend has very much a preponderance of French Colombard and Chenin Blanc, and both have been matured in Kentucky Bourbon barrels from the original distillation, up until marrying and further aging again in Bourbon barrels. The blend is 51% American Brandy & 49% South African brandy.”
“It’s beautifully viscous, and balanced, with a delicious luminosity,” said O’Daniel. “At 108 proof it has velvety power, but lovely drinkability, and this contrasts with a typical South African pot still brandy bottle proof of 38% ABV/ 76 proof. The Bourbon barrels add warm honey and caramel and don’t overpower the grape varietal nuance. And we don’t compromise the mouthfeel, or flavor intensity, with chill-filtration, or adulterate post-distillation with boisé or caramel color.”
“In many ways the liquid is a physical manifestation of our ampersand logogram,” said Copper & Kings creative director and label designer Ron Jasin. “The joining of, the coming together of collectively, but also of global inclusion, and diversity”.
Copper & Kings GEOGR&PHY Bi-Continental Brandewijn(108 proof/54% ABV) $50 / 750mL
Available at the distillery, and through a limited number of select fine retailers across the Copper & Kings distribution footprint.
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 American Craft Brandy (90 proof/45% ABV) – $35/750 mL
Copper & Kings American Butchertown Brandy (124 proof/62% ABV)- $60/750 mL
Copper & Kings Floodwall Apple Brandy (90 proof/45% ABV) – $40/750 mL
Copper & Kings CR&FTWERK Beer Barrel Aged Brandy(111 proof/55.5% ABV) $40/750 mL
Copper & Kings Immature Brandy (90 proof/45% ABV) – $30/ 750 mL
Copper & Kings American Dry Gin(92 proof/46% ABV) $35 / 750mL
Copper & Kings American Old Tom Gin(100 proof/50% ABV) $40 / 750mL
Copper & Kings 1495 Guelders Gin(94 proof/47% ABV) $45 / 750mL
Copper & Kings The Moons Of Juniper Gin(96 proof/48% ABV) $40 / 750mL
Copper & Kings Absinthe Blanche (130 proof/65% ABV) – $55/750 mL
Copper & Kings Barrel Finished Absinthe(130 proof/65% ABV) – $55/750 mL
Destillaré Intense Orange Curaçao (90 proof/45% ABV) – $35/750 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.
About Copper & Kings American Brandy Co.
Copper & Kings uses small batch copper pot-distillation to forge untraditional, non-derivative, pure pot-distilled American apple and grape brandies, absinthe, gin and Destillaré liqueurs that are non-chill filtered with no added sugar, colors or synthetic chemicals. The state-of-the-art distillery exclusively focuses on the distillation of brandy-based spirits. Copper & Kings, located at 1121 E. Washington St. in Butchertown, is owned by beverage entrepreneurs Joe and Lesley Heron. For more information, visit www.copperandkings.com or follow @CopperAndKings on Facebook and Twitter.