Copperworks Distilling recently released a limited edition American single malt to honor Craft Malt Week, which is put on by the Craft Maltsters Guild and just wrapped up in mid-September.
The new Copperworks Craft Malt Week 2022 Single Cask American Single Malt Whiskey, according to those behind it, was matured for 30 months in a charred new American Oak cask with char level two and 36-month aged staves.
“The Guild aims to highlight the meaningful connection between local agriculture and craft beverages,” said Jason Parker, Copperworks Distilling Co.’s co-owner and president who sits on the Board of Directors for the Craft Maltsters Guild, in a prepared statement. “Our new Copperworks release features Baronesse barley grown by Joseph’s Grainery in Colfax, WA, and malted by LINC Malt in Spokane Valley, WA. We’ve been working with Baronesse for six years now, and this particular cask is truly something special.”
“Created from 100% malted barley and twice-distilled in Scottish copper pot stills, Cask 387 turned out to be quite an outlier,” added Jeff Kanof, co-owner and vice president of Copperworks Distilling Co. “No other Baronesse barley was in process at the time of our production, and both fermentation and spirit distillation had relatively low yield. After proofing to cask strength, there was only enough to fill one cask.”
Copperworks Craft Malt Week 2022 Single Cask American Single Malt Whiskey, bottled at 120.9 proof, is pricing around $90. Only 219 bottles have been released directly through the distillery’s online shop, and you’ll find official tasting notes below.
Aromas of pine needles, apple pie crust, fresh flower petals, and wet cedar immediately identify this whiskey as something special. The apple pie crust aromas continue into the flavor, moving through steel-cut oats to darker notes of black walnut and cola nut. A nice, long finish of oiled teak, candied pineapple, and suede wrap up this incredibly interesting and complex whiskey. Definitely one to enjoy as the weather cools, both as a sipping whiskey, and in a Manhattan Cocktail variation, such as the Red Hook.
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