Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey Release 029 recently hit the shelves in Copperworks Distilling Co.’s tasting room and online store. This release from the Seattle distillery has a complex blend of three whiskeys made from different malt recipes and aged in different wood.
The majority of whiskey in this release was distilled from a variety of barley called “Full Pint” grown in Washington’s Skagit Valley, not far from Seattle. This whiskey is part of what the distillery calls its “Single Variety Malt Whiskey” series, where the whiskey is made from a single variety of barley grown on a single local farm in one growing season.
So far in this series, Copperworks has worked with five different varieties of malt grown on seven different local farms. This program is a significant aspect of its whiskey creation strategy and going forward, many of its releases will contain whiskey made from barley which Copperworks can trace to the individual variety, farm and vintage.
To achieve the flavor the distillery was after in this release, the distillery added a cask of whiskey created from its Five Malt recipe and aged in new American oak. Finally, Copperworks added a smaller amount of whiskey made from its Pale Malt recipe that was aged in a Cognac cask and finished in an Oloroso Sherry Cask.
Tasting notes: This release offers a complex variety of aromas and flavors. The aroma offers elements of green tea, strawberry, orange marmalade and driftwood, leading to flavors of passionfruit, coffee cake, red wine and apple. The finish is drying, with tea leaves, grape skins, cinnamon sticks, and campfire flavors.
Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey Release 029
– Available now in Copperworks tasting room and online store
– 1,423 bottles (750ml) produced; 50% ABV
– $59.89 (not including taxes or shipping)