LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 29, 2018) – – – Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. announces its latest gin moonshot. An amplified, assertive Juniper forward expression of a distilled American Dry Gin.
Double distilled in American made alembic copper pot-stills, using a grape brandy base and honey with no neutral spirits. The Moons Of Juniper is non-chill filtered with no added flavors post-distillation.
“Our ambition is to be America’s most imaginative brandy producer, and also to perhaps aspire to be its most inventive gin distiller. We’re looking at exploring across the universe,” says Copper & Kings founder Joe Heron. “This is a very confident gin, it could very well blow your mind and sweep you off your feet. You may start to say F* me! like a Gallagher brother and begin singing Wonderwall.”
Crushed whole juniper berries together with honey and classic gin botanicals; sweet orange peel, coriander, cardamom, angelica and grains of paradise are macerated for an extended period in warm grape brandy low-wine, then re-distilled together with vapor-distilled pulverized whole juniper berries, additional sweet orange peels and jasmine in the vapor basket.
“Nightswimming in Kentucky,” says Copper & Kings head distiller Brandon O’Daniel. “Like a shooting star in an inky dark night at the lake. This is a wonderful gin, very drinkable. We wanted to make it accessible at 96 Proof versus a higher over-proof. We added honey during distillation to smooth out some of the harsher edges of aggressive juniper and layer smoothness and viscosity to the overall libation. There’s a TON of Juniper in this, and juniper, especially crushed and pulverized, is quite oily, so we have a gin that has a nice cloudy tendency.”
“We used sweet orange to add warmth and accessibility, and lime and grapefruit for brightness, for an overall relaxed tonality. I could describe it in this way – if a standard gin is a “lager” in terms of intensity, then the Moons is an “IPA” in terms of Juniper assertiveness. For all its sense of drama it’s not clumsy at all, very well built, a nice thoughtful structure with beautiful harmony,” added O’Daniel.
“This is the sun shining on the shaft of a sharp knife. It acts like summer but walks like rain. It’s very drinkable, totally comfortable in an expressive junipery gin & tonic, it can stand up to spicy ginger beer in a Gin-Gin Mule, a mighty Gibson, and for those bartenders who like to work – the Ramos is stunning. Overall, it’s a big-ass gin, with lovely citrus notes but still piney crisp on the palate” said Copper & Kings Head Bartender and brand, Michael Padgett.
TASTING NOTES: Very bold, with assertive tight juniper, forest pine and subtle woody spice, cloaked in a warm tropical orange, with bright tropical citrus. Smooth with accessible balance, a crisp dry gin. Rich & viscous.
Copper & Kings The Moons Of Juniper Dry Gin (96 proof/48% ABV) $40 / 750mL
Available at the distillery, and through a limited number of select fine retailers and bars across the Copper & Kings distribution footprint.
Copper & Kings American Brandy, Gin and Absinthe are double-distilled exclusively 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 for an uncorrupted, authentic, natural flavor, nose and color. The distillery also produces a line of copper pot-distilled liqueurs called Destillaré within the following portfolio of fine distilled spirits:
Copper & Kings American Dry Gin (92 proof/46% ABV) $35 / 750mL
Copper & Kings American Old Tom Gin (100 proof/50% ABV) $40 / 750mL
Copper & Kings 1495 Guelders Gin (94 proof/47% ABV) $45 / 750mL
Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy (90 proof/45% ABV) – $35/750 mL
Copper & Kings American Butchertown Brandy (124 proof/62% ABV)- $60/750 mL
Copper & Kings Floodwall Apple Brandy (90 proof/45% ABV) – $40/750 mL
Copper & Kings CR&FTWERK Beer Barrel Aged Brandy(111 proof/55.5% ABV) $40/750 mL
Copper & Kings Immature Brandy (90 proof/45% ABV) – $30/ 750 mL
Copper & Kings Absinthe Blanche (130 proof/65% ABV) – $55/750 mL
Destillaré Intense Orange Curaçao (90 proof/45% ABV) – $35/750 mL
Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. distribution footprint includes the following 35 markets including: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Washington D.C.
About Copper & Kings American Brandy Co.:
Copper & Kings uses small batch copper pot-distillation to forge untraditional, non-derivative, pure pot-distilled American apple and grape brandies, absinthe, gin and Destillaré liqueurs that are non-chill filtered with no added sugar, colors or synthetic chemicals. The state-of-the-art distillery exclusively focuses on the distillation of brandy- based spirits. Copper & Kings, located at 1121 E. Washington St. in Butchertown, is owned by beverage entrepreneurs Joe and Lesley Heron. For more information, visit www.copperandkings.com or follow @CopperAndKings on Facebook and Twitter.