Lock Stock & Barrel 21-Year Straight Rye Arrives At Retail

| August 1, 2022

Cooper Spirits recently introduced its Lock Stock & Barrel 21-Year Straight Rye Whiskey, the fifth release in the Lock Stock & Barrel series.

A statement from the distiller notes that this product is one of the oldest straight rye whiskeys available on the market, surpassing its predecessor, the Lock Stock & Barrel 20-Year Straight Rye Whiskey.

Lock Stock & Barrel 21-year is double distilled in copper pots from a mash bill of 100 percent rye grain. It is noted that a “robust cut” is selected then aged in new charred American oak barrels in cold weather for 21 years. It’s then bottled at 111 proof.

Lock Stock & Barrel 21-Year Straight Rye Whiskey

Lock Stock & Barrel 21-Year Straight Rye Whiskey (image via Copper Spirits)

The distiller’s notes show that the result is an intense and balanced straight rye, with aromas that suggest warm, spiced date cake, treacle toffee, orange peel and baking spices.

“With the rye whiskey category continuing to grow in popularity, it is a unique distinction to be able to introduce this rare and high aged offering that expands upon the quality of the Lock Stock & Barrel series,” said Chad Solomon, Cooper Spirits’s director of innovation. “We pride ourselves on being a pioneer in this category and are committed to continued innovation that attracts new tasters to this premier spirits category.”

The rye comes in the brand’s opaque black bottle, shielding the whiskey from light exposure, and embossed with a black-on-black, 21 year age statement. The bottle comes in a wooden box that is charred in the Shou Sugi Ban process to preserve the wood and enhance the natural wood grains.

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Lock Stock & Barrel 21-year is allocated to 1,200 cases, and is available at specialty retailers for a suggested retail price of $499.99.

Cooper Spirits was founded in 2006 by the late Robert J. Cooper, a third-generation distiller. Katie Cooper, Rob’s widow, is carrying on his legacy. The company was founded with the introduction of St-Germain, an artisanal French liqueur made from fresh elderflower blossoms.

Cooper Spirits portfolio includes Slow & Low Rock & Rye and Slow & Low Coffee Old-Fashioned, both straight rye whiskey based bottled cocktails; Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey, said to be the first rye whiskey to use the vatted designation; and Lock Stock & Barrel’s expressions.

For more information, check out www.cooperspirits.com.


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