Copperworks Distilling Company released two limited-edition gins today: Copperworks Gin finished in used casks from two renowned distillers of peated Scotch whisky, Laphroaig and Caol Ila.
Copperworks procured two casks from a partner in the U.K.: one cask that had previously held Laphroaig Whisky and one that held Caol Ila Whisky. These two distilleries are located on the island of Islay, the region of Scotland famous for peated whisky.
Each Scotch whisky cask was filled with the company’s Small Batch Gin recipe and then rested: in the Laphroaig cask for seven months and in the Caol Ila cask for 10 months.
“We’re intrigued by how different these two releases are,” says Jason Parker, Copperworks co-Founder/president. “The Caol Ila cask version is lighter with citrus notes and the Laphroaig cask version is heavier and smokier. It’s fascinating to taste them side-by-side. Both gins are enjoyable on their own, as sipping gins. And they both offer flavors robust enough to feature in spirit-forward cocktails.”
The releases are part Copperworks Experimental Series of cask-finished gins in which the company explores the impact of various flavors on Copperworks Gin through cask finishing. Projects include collaborative casks with local producers, as well as casks sourced from iconic producers of wine and spirits from around the globe.
Tasting Notes, Price, and Availability
These two single-cask gins are available on the Copperworks online store and at the distillery, located on the Seattle waterfront. The distillery is open for product sales and online order pick-up, Tuesday – Friday, 2 – 4pm. Copperworks offers free shipping in the continental U.S. (where state laws allow) with orders of at least $115.
Copperworks Peated Cask Finished Gin (Caol Ila Cask): Aromas of fresh lime, campfire, cumin, sandalwood, and grilled pineapple that lead to earthy, heather, blackberry honey, and citrus pith flavors. Finishes with notes of leather, desert spices (particularly sage), and a rounding earthiness. 750ml, 50% ABV, $49.95 (not including taxes or shipping). 236 bottles available.
Copperworks Peated Cask Finished Gin (Laphroaig Cask): Aromas of driftwood smoke, musk, pine tar, and cedar lead to flavors of matcha green tea, tobacco, and cardamom. Finishes with a long incense and cigar smoke impression. 750ml, 50% ABV, $49.95 (not including taxes or shipping). 242 bottles available.