Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. has relaunched its absinthe spirits in new packaging, and also added a barrel-finished absinthe to the permanent lineup.
Copper & Kings has made brandy-based absinthes since inception. The flagship Absinthe Blanche has been joined in the past with limited-release vapor-distilled absinthes (in lavender, citrus and ginger variants) and Zmaj aged in Serbian Juniper wood barrels.
“We adore absinthe. We always have, and we love taking it in to different spaces and places,” says Copper & Kings Founder Joe Heron. “We think we are pretty good at it (well, we would I guess) and I think our affection for it shows in the bottle. We wanted to give a fresh, cohesive bottle projection with our other botanical spirits, and flag the exclusively double-distilled alembic copper pot-distillation process without the use of re-distilled Grain Neutral Spirits.”
The suggested retail price is $55 per 750-ml. bottle for both the Copper & Kings Absinthe Alembic Blanche and Barrel Finished Absinthe Alembic. Both are 130 proof.
“We were looking to elevate the spirit and give it a level of preciousness that feels worthy of the history of absinthe, worthy of the care the distilling team give their baby and give a shelf presence that is compelling and very visible,” says Copper & Kings Creative Director Ron Jasin. “The antique greenbottle style is perfect for both the botanical projection and a sense of quality heft.”
The distillery also serves a rotating, bottle-your-own barrel-aged absinthe variant available for purchase by distillery visitors.
Copper & Kings American brandy, gin and absinthe are double-distilled in copper pot-stills, and are non-chill filtered, with no post-distillation infusion of boisé (oak flavor or infusion), other flavors or caramel color.