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Copperworks Showcases Second Salmon-Safe American Single Malt

Seattle’s Copperworks Distilling recently released its second Salmon-Safe certified whiskey … Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey Release 046.

A statement from the distiller notes that this release is another step in their commitment to help protect Washington’s rivers and watersheds.

Launched in partnership with the West Coast environmental certification non-profit, Salmon-Safe, and with conservation-focused Mainstem Malt, this is one of the nation’s first whiskeys made with Salmon-Safe ingredients.

Copperworks Release 46
Seattle’s Copperworks Distilling recently released its second Salmon-Safe certified whiskey … Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey Release 046. (image via Copperworks)

Salmon-Safe is part of a movement to implement farming practices and developments that protect water quality, maintain watershed health, and restore fish and wildlife habitat.

“Not only does Release 046 represent thoughtful farming and distillation practices joining forces, but it is also a reminder of Copperworks’ commitment to the pursuit of flavor and sustainability,” said Jason Parker, co-owner and president of Copperworks Distilling. “It turns out that we can have our whiskey and drink it, too.”

Jeff Kanof, co-owner and vice president of Copperworks Distilling, said that 100 percent of the malted barley used to craft Release 046 was grown in adherence with practices qualified as certified Salmon-Safe.

“We look forward to moving toward this certification becoming a standard for the future. We’re proud to show how distilleries can produce great whiskey while protecting and improving the environment,” he added.

Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey Release 046 was made from a single varietal barley called Genie, from a single farm in Athena, Oregon.

Eight new American oak casks were used, with char #2 and staves that had been open-air-seasoned for a minimum of two years.

Six of the casks were from the 2018 barley harvest and matured for three years, while the remaining two casks were from the 2017 harvest and matured for three years and seven months.

All the barley grown adhered to growing practices that qualify it as certified Salmon-Safe.

Parker noted that since Copperworks was founded in 2013, their team has been committed to minimizing water usage, energy consumption, and waste production throughout its operations. The distillery focuses on partnering with small farmers and using and promoting locally-grown malts while maintaining business practices that support environmental protection and promote strong communities.

Copperworks’ Release 046 distiller’s notes:

On the nose, lemon zest aromas are followed by oak, subtle florals, and a hint of straw and minerality.

The palate features notes of candied citrus peel, sugared ruby red grapefruit, rose water, and chocolate raspberries, with minerality continuing from the nose.

Canned fruit salad, lemongrass, and roasted coffee linger on the finish, held together with the lemon zest experienced on the nose.

The Salmon-Safe release is now available in Copperworks’ Seattle Distillery and Tasting Room and their online store. A total of 2,033 bottles were made and the whiskey clocks in at 50% ABV. It has a suggested retail price of $69.99.

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