LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. has announced its two latest, pure copper pot-distilled American luxury gins: The History Of Lovers, a rose bouquet forward pink gin, and The Ninth, a bold, juicy, blood orange gin finished in Destillaré Orange Curaçao barrels.
“We’re an excitable bunch, and we are incredibly energized by our gin expressions,” said Copper & Kings founder Joe Heron. “We don’t do ‘Barbie’ gins, and we don’t do gin flavored vodka. We make extraordinary gin, for grown-ups, with sophisticated palates, distinctive and differentiated. We make it our way, with no neutral spirits, distilled on our beautiful copper pot-stills, using a brandy base, and we look to layer and retain complex flavors and sophisticated aromas, without using artificial flavors or colors. These are authentic, luxury, natural distilled gins.”
The History Of Lovers is a gin distilled to retain the intense floral aromatics of rose flowers. Crushed whole juniper berries mixed with rose hips, rose water, honey, sweet orange, tangerine, lime and pink grapefruit peels, alongside jasmine and lavender petals, coriander, pink peppercorns and licorice root are macerated in apple brandy low-wine, then redistilled together with vapor distilled rose hips, pink grapefruit peels and lavender in the gin basket. A flash post distillation maceration of rose hips, hibiscus tincture and strawberry juice concentrate is added for color and perfume.
Copper & Kings creative director, Ron Jasin said: “If gin was a love letter it would be this romantic. Redolent of fresh cut, richly fragrant roses, it’s ever so soft and sexy, with round red fruit sweetness. A gin to fall in love with, and to fall in love over.”
Master Distiller Brandon O’Daniel is equally enamored. “It’s smooth, balanced and refreshing with beautifully integrated rose bouquet and zesty, crisp gin botanicals. It’s as delicious as it is attractive to the eye. Technically it was very challenging – we almost became perfumers in the process. Don’t say anything to Joe, he just might…”
The Ninth, a self-described symphony in orange, is a bold juicy blood orange distilled gin. The name is a sly nod to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, music from the famed Stanley Kubrick film, “A Clockwork Orange.”
Double distilled crushed whole juniper berries together with orange blossom honey and Seville bitter orange peels, sweet orange and grapefruit peels, coriander, cardamom and grains of paradise are macerated in apple brandy low-wine, then redistilled together with vapor distilled Seville blood orange peels, sweet orange peels and jasmine in the gin basket. They are then finished in Destillaré Intense Orange Curaçao barrels for added complexity and depth.
“We wanted something unique, transportive and fabled, a Mediterranean beach in a bottle,” said master Distiller O’Daniel. “It’s a bold, sun soaked warm orange gin. Juicy, orange flesh, marmalade, crisp and not sweet with a touch of tart. Hints of exotic spice. It’s extra smooth from the honey and barrel polish, with accessible balance. Rich, lightly creamy and viscous.”
Jasin riffed over lyrics of the band REM’s song Orange Crush: “I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush. (Collar me, don’t collar me)/ I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush. (We are agents of the free)/It’s hard to collar us, we are free spirits (haha) and we are agents of invention. This is beautifully imaginative, it’s a pirate ship sailing the Med.”
The gins are recommended for refreshing gin and tonics, fresh, crisp spritzers, unique Negronis and delicious cocktail smashes:
- Copper & Kings, The History Of Lovers Distilled Rose Pink Gin. (90 proof/45 percent ABV)$35 / 750mL
- Copper & Kings, The Ninth Distilled Orange Gin Finished in Destillaré Orange Curaçao barrels.(90 proof/45 percent ABV) $35 / 750mL
Available across Copper & Kings national distribution footprint and at the distillery.
Copper & Kings American Gin, Brandy, Absinthe and Destillaré liqueurs are double-distilled exclusively in copper pot stills, and are non-chill filtered, and unadulterated. The full portfolio of fine distilled spirits:
- Copper & Kings American Dry Gin (92 proof/46 percent ABV) $35 / 750ml
- Copper & Kings American Old Tom Gin (100 proof/50 percent ABV) $35 / 750ml
- Copper & Kings The Moons Of Juniper Gin (96 proof/48 percent ABV)$35 / 750ml
- Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy (90 proof/45 percent ABV) – $35/750 ml
- Copper & Kings American Butchertown Brandy(124 proof/62 percent ABV)- $60/750 ml
- Copper & Kings Floodwall Apple Brandy (90 proof/45 percent ABV) – $40/750 ml
- Copper & Kings CR&FTWERKBeer Barrel AgedBrandy (111 proof/55.5 percent ABV)-$40/750 ml
- Copper & Kings Immature Brandy (90 proof/45 percent ABV) – $30/ 750 ml
- Copper & Kings Absinthe Blanche (130 proof/65 percent ABV) – $55/750 ml
- Copper & Kings Barrel Finished Absinthe(130 proof/65 percent ABV) – $55/750 ml
- Destillaré Intense Orange Curaçao (90 proof/45 percent ABV) – $35/750 ml
- Destillaré Intense Pomegranate (90 proof/45 percent ABV) – $35/750 ml
Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. distribution footprint includes the following 35 markets: 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, artificial flavors, 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 copperandkings.com or follow @CopperAndKings on Facebook and Twitter.