Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. is celebrating its fifth anniversary with A Song For You, a limited-release American brandy matured in Kentucky bourbon whiskey barrels for five years.
“Five years ago, we launched ourselves off a cliff with the folly that is an American brandy distillery in Bourbon Country,” says Copper & Kings Founder Joe Heron. “We are enjoying our time on the dance floor, painting with different colors, and we, like a wild goose, have managed to take off. This is a celebration of survival as much as anything, and a thank you to anyone who ever bought a bottle of Copper & Kings American Brandy, and to everyone that’s worked at Copper & Kings with pride, energy and natural enthusiasm. This is our song for you.”
This American brandy is the original sourced “DNA1” blend of copper pot-distilled brandy that helped launch Copper & Kings in 2014. Bottled at 50% ABV, the youngest eau de vie in the blend is now, after five years, 8-years-old; the oldest is 18, with most being 12- and 13-years-old.
The varietal blend is predominantly muscat de alexandrie, chenin blanc and French colombard, with additional layering of thompson and other varietals. At the time, the brandies were sourced from seven states across the U.S.
“After five years in Kentucky bourbon barrels, we have a great illustration of our style – confident, rich and bold, a feisty rambunctious mid-palate reminiscent of fine whiskey, and a lingering smooth brandy finish,” says Master Distiller Brandon O’Daniel. “A Song For You is rich, velvety, with a silky skirt that wraps inside your glass. It sits in the sweet spot between a fruit forward brandy and a super-smooth, long finishing whiskey. With our own distillate now being bottled, we are up to ‘DNA9’ – but everything was built on the shoulders of this original DNA1, history in a glass.”
A Song For You American brandy is available across Copper & Kings at the distillery and at select retailers in the U.S. The suggested retail price is $50 per 750-ml. bottle.