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Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey Release 041

$59.89

OVERALL
RATING

9

Whiskey Review: Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey Release 041

Tasting Notes:

About:
Crafted from nine casks, matured in new American Oak and sherry Oloroso casks between 37 and 79 months, depending on the cask. 50% ABV. (100 Proof). SRP $59.89/750mL.
Appearance:
Golden raisin hue.
Nose:
Peaches and other beachier fruits. Marshmallow and graham crackers come through the fruitiness along with a bit of pipe smoke that adds a nice outdoorsy feel.
Palate:
and radiates confidence in both technique and flavor profile building. Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey 041 (image via Copperworks Distilling) Tasting Notes: Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey Release 041 Vital Stats: Crafted from nine casks, matured in new American Oak and sherry Oloroso casks between 37 and 79 months, depending on the cask. 50% ABV. (100 Proof). SRP $59.89/750mL. Appearance: Golden raisin hue. Nose: Peaches and other beachier fruits. Marshmallow and graham crackers come through the fruitiness along with a bit of pipe smoke that adds a nice outdoorsy feel. Palate: Absolutely delicious from start to finish. Caramel and smooth fruit notes are met with a smack of tanginess. Nectarine greets me and a subtle nuttiness, almond mostly, finishes me off.
Finish:
Comments:
This whiskey has a tropical vibe, like being offered a fruity drink on a warm beach. It’s smooth and complex, with each new sip opening up another layer. It isn’t too sweet, and the smoothness of the taste of peeled almond gives the whiskey nice body.

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Copperworks Distilling Company. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

Craft distilleries, like Seattle-based Copperworks Distilling Company, seem to be the rule rather than the exception these days. It may seem easy to brand oneself a craft distillery, but there is in fact a concrete definition as stated by the American Craft Spirits Association. This definition ensures that any distillery promoting themselves as craft must “value the importance of transparency…remain forthcoming regarding use of ingredients, distilling and bottling location and process, and aging process.”

Copperworks Distilling Company was named the 2018 Distillery of the Year by the American Distilling Institute, no small feat when acknowledging that the company has only been open since 2013. Founded by co-owners/distillers Jason Parker and Micah Nutt, Copperworks distill their spirits in traditional copper stills designed specifically for the distillery.

One of the newest releases of Copperworks, American Single Malt Whiskey Release 041, is a welcome addition to the company’s single malt catalog. I have had the pleasure of tasting other Copperworks whiskeys and am happy to say I continue to love and anticipate each new release.

Copperworks Release 041 was developed in nine separate casks. Eight were matured between 37 to 46 months in new American oak casks and distilled from pale malt and Baronesse barley. One cask was matured in an Oloroso sherry for 79 months. And two casks were distilled using the “Queen’s Run” method which, try as I might, I couldn’t find any information regarding what that method entails.

Of Release 041, co-owner and President of Copperworks Distilling Company, Jason Parker, states, “Release 041 is unlike any whiskey we’ve ever made. Our latest ‘cask of characters’ is our most involved blend to date and the one that best illustrates our pledge to always put flavor at the front and center of our production process.” And it is that flavor that has Copperworks and Release 041 rise to the top of the list of my favorite tastings of the year. There is a complexity and subtle sweetness that coats the palate and radiates confidence in both technique and flavor profile building.

Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey 041 review
Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey 041 (image via Copperworks Distilling)

Tasting Notes: Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey Release 041

Vital Stats: Crafted from nine casks, matured in new American Oak and sherry Oloroso casks between 37 and 79 months, depending on the cask. 50% ABV. (100 Proof). SRP $59.89/750mL.

Appearance: Golden raisin hue.

Nose: Peaches and other beachier fruits. Marshmallow and graham crackers come through the fruitiness along with a bit of pipe smoke that adds a nice outdoorsy feel.

Palate: Absolutely delicious from start to finish. Caramel and smooth fruit notes are met with a smack of tanginess. Nectarine greets me and a subtle nuttiness, almond mostly, finishes me off.

Jerry Jenae Sampson

Jerry Sampson is a freelance writer, editor and screenwriter. Her creative work is ever improved by her love of whiskey and craft cocktails. She enjoys taking cool fall days to explore the great distilleries around Portland to get a closer look at the inner workings of her favorite spirits.

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