Copperworks Distilling Company of Seattle waterfront has announced Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey.
This American single malt is made from a craft beer brewed from 100-percent pale malted barley, which is twice-distilled in traditional copper pot stills from Scotland.
Copperworks co-founders Jason Parker and Micah Nutt have partnered with local breweries Pike Brewing Company and Elysian Brewing Company to brew the craft beer used in their whiskey. The beer used for Copperworks Whiskey Release 001 was brewed at the Elysian Brewery. Parker and Nutt then fermented the beer at the distillery using a brewer’s yeast. All 0f which results in a “whiskey based on the malty sweetness and complexity derived from beer,” the company says.
Copperworks Whiskey Release 001 has a soft honey and black tea aroma, smooth mouthfeel, and flavors of smoked orange and toffee, the company says, giving way to black pepper and leather. It’s bottled at 104 proof.
Copperworks distills its whiskey twice, using two different copper pot stills. “Distilling the whiskey twice enables us to collect more of the beer and malt flavors we want and we’re able to eliminate more of the undesirable flavors in the wash than a single distillation would allow,” says Nutt.
Release 001 matured for 30 months in full-size charred, new-American Oak barrels made in Louisville, Kentucky. These barrels produce a balance of flavors from the malt, yeast, and oak.
The suggested retail price is $59.89 (not including tax or shipping) per 750-ml. bottle. Release 001 will initially be available for sale only in Copperworks tasting room: 1,005 limited-edition signed bottles are available. Future releases will be available in the Copperworks Online Store and in select liquor and grocery stores in the Puget Sound area.