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