K&L California “Collabor&tion Bourbons – A New Project You Don’t Want To Miss” – American Whiskey News

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“I’ll give you my honest opinion: they’re both very, very good and completely different than anything else in the market right now.” David Driscoll, K&L Assistant Head Buyer

For those on the hunt for the next big thing out of Bourbon County, we have precisely the bottles you are looking for. Our old friends at Copper & Kings have joined forces with Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo for short) to craft a pair of Bourbons that offer equal parts pure deliciousness and intellectual engagement. The skinny is this, BBCo took two ten year old MGP-distilled whiskies and finished them for eighteen months – one in a brandy barrel and the other in a Mistelle cask – both of which were provided by Copper & Kings. We’ll cut to the quick and simply say the results are nothing short of ethereal.

Each are endowed with a classic bourbon core of figs, caramel, and raisins but are also wonderfully accented by the Copper & King casks. As our Spirits Buyer, David Driscoll notes, there’s simply nothing in the market quite like them. Copper & Kings has a proven track record of crafting some truly amazing spirits and given what we’ve seen from BBCo in this project, we expect many more good things from them in the future. Given the unique nature of these bottlings, we’ve decided to offer them on a pre-arrival basis. If you want to be the first kid on the block with one of the most exciting spirits we’ve seen this year, then order-up and lock-in your bottles now. Only 200 bottles of each are available.

Check out David Driscoll’s blog post for the full story on these amazing Bourbons.

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Bardstown Bourbon Company “Collabor&tion – Brandy Barrel Finish” Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) ($124.99)

The Collaboration series is the first release of whiskey from Kentucky’s soon-to-be star Bardstown Bourbon Company, a project done in “collaboration” with Louisville brandy specialists Copper & Kings. Using 10 year old stocks of Bourbon distilled at MGP in Indiana, BBCo finished each of the whiskies for an additional 18 months in two different types of casks: American brandy and Muscat Mistelle. Made from 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley, the Collabor&tion expression aged in Copper & Kings American brandy barrels is bottled at cask strength of 113 proof and offers classic, yet bold Bourbon flavor with vanilla, oak spices, and a concentrated richness that speaks to the age of the whiskey. We tasted this on our initial visit to the distillery this past summer and instantly fell in love with the additional fruit and subtle sweetness added from the brandy barrel finishing. It has all the classic flavors of great Bourbon but with extra lift and roundness on the finish. In the spirit of collaboration, the teams at BBCo and Copper & Kings really knocked this one out of the park. NOTE: Due to the shape of the Collabor&ation bottle it cannot be consolidated with other bottles shipping and must ship in its own individual package.

Bardstown Bourbon Company “Collabor&tion – Mistelle Barrel Finish” Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) ($124.99)

Made from 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley, the Collabor&tion expression aged in Mistelle barrels has an incredible viscosity and chewiness to its texture from the time spent in the used casks. Mistelle is unfermented grape juice (in this case Muscat) fortified with un-aged brandy (Muscat eau-de-vie) and then aged in bourbon barrels for 18 months. The empty barrels are deeply and highly caramelized with the grape sugars and fruit essences and the Collabor&tion whiskey aged in these barrels is pure joy. It’s a completely novel sensory experience; deeply concentrated, rich whiskey that has a supple, fruity, and absolutely delicious finish. It’s both an incredibly unique and divine tasting experience. Bottled at 47% cask strength ABV. NOTE: Due to the shape of the Collabor&ation bottle it cannot be consolidated with other bottles shipping and must ship in its own individual package.

These products are expected to arrive for shipment or pickup by October, 2017.

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