Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. announces its latest Gin moonshot. An amplified, assertive Juniper forward expression of a distilled American Dry Gin.
Double distilled in American made alembic copper pot-stills, using a grape brandy base and honey with no neutral spirits. The Moons Of Juniper is non-chill filtered with no added flavors post-distillation.
“Our ambition is to be America’s most imaginative brandy producer, and also to perhaps aspire to be its most inventive Gin distiller. We’re looking at exploring across the universe,” said Copper & Kings founder Joe Heron.
“This is a very confident Gin, it could very well blow your mind and sweep you off your feet. You may start to say F* me! like a Gallagher brother and begin singing Wonderwall.”
Crushed whole juniper berries together with honey and classic Gin botanicals; sweet orange peel, coriander, cardamom, angelica and grains of paradise are macerated for an extended period in warm grape brandy low-wine, then re-distilled together with vapor-distilled pulverized whole juniper berries, additional sweet orange peels and jasmine in the vapor basket.
“Nightswimming in Kentucky,” said Copper & Kings head distiller Brandon O’Daniel.
“Like a shooting star in an inky dark night at the lake. This is a wonderful Gin, very drinkable. We wanted to make it accessible at 96 Proof versus a higher over-proof. We added honey during distillation to smooth out some of the harsher edges of aggressive juniper and layer smoothness and viscosity to the overall libation. There’s a TON of Juniper in this, and juniper, especially crushed and pulverized, is quite oily, so we have a Gin that has a nice cloudy tendency.”
“We used sweet orange to add warmth and accessibility, and lime and grapefruit for brightness, for an overall relaxed tonality. I could describe it in this way – if a standard Gin is a “lager” in terms of intensity, then the Moons is an “IPA” in terms of Juniper assertiveness. For all its sense of drama it’s not clumsy at all, very well built, a nice thoughtful structure with beautiful harmony,” said O’Daniel.
“This is the sun shining on the shaft of a sharp knife. It acts like summer but walks like rain. It’s very drinkable, totally comfortable in an expressive junipery Gin & tonic, it can stand up to spicy Ginger beer in a Gin-Gin Mule, a mighty Gibson, and for those bartenders who like to work – the Ramos is stunning. Overall, it’s a big-ass Gin, with lovely citrus notes but still piney crisp on the palate,” said Copper & Kings Head Bartender and brand, Michael Padgett.
Tasting Notes are described as very bold, with assertive tight juniper, forest pine and subtle woody spice, cloaked in a warm tropical orange, with bright tropical citrus. Smooth with accessible balance, a crisp dry Gin. The texture is rich & viscous.
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.
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.