Copper & Kings "Cr&ftwerk" Against the Grain Scottish Ale-Aged Brandy (750ml)

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We've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Copper & Kings's "Cr&ftwerk" project since we first tasted the brandies from barrel at the Louisville distillery last Fall. While craft whisky producers have spent years trying to best capture the flavor of distilled beer into an interesting and sippable spirit, we think C&K may have the better idea: aging brandy, rather than whisky, in the used barrels from some of America's most iconic breweries. The finished result actually captures more of the that beery essence than the actual distillates we've tasted since the idea first took hold. Bottled at 55.5%, the Against the Grain edition takes C&K brandy and finshes it in former Smoked Scottish Ale casks. The first sip of the brandy yields the classic C&K character with the trademark fruit and oak flavors, but the finish is where the delicate and nuanced flavors from the smoked ale come into play. The graceful finish carries on for a good thirty seconds, and after a minute you're not quite sure whether you've just finished a dram or a pint! Very limited.

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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/28/2016 | Send Email
Among the craft brew movement here in the States aging beer in bourbon casks has resulted in some of the most sought after beer available. I was interested then when I received samples from Copper & King doing essentially the opposite. Their idea was to take their brandy and age it in craft beer barrels, sounds gimmicky right? Well it actually paid off for them in my opinion and now we have a few surprisingly tasty bottles of brandy for you to enjoy. The Against the Grain was one of my favorites because the aging gives the brandy a wonderful richness and depth that it was missing. Big caramels and hints of dried fruit with a little smoke really come through in this bottle. The finish is also softened and makes this brandy an excellent one to sip on.

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Alcohol Content (%): 55.5