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After spending 6 months in Scotland working as an apprentice at Bowmore distilleries, Rick Wasmund returned to the U.S. in 2000, full of energy, ideas, and skill, to open up the Copper Fox Sperryville Distillery in Sperryville, a small village in the Virginia countryside. True to his education he chose to use the Scottish spelling Whisky for his spirits instead of the American Whiskey. In July 2016 they opened the doors of their second distillery - the Copper Fox Williamsburg Distillery - located in Williamsburg.
The Copper Fox distillery is special for a few reasons. For one, they uniquely use fruitwood peat to dry the malted grain and malted barley—with the smoke of selected, smouldering fruitwoods instead of Peat as is done in Scotland. Secondly, they are the only distillery in the U.S. to malt their own grain and barley, in a traditional and “low tech” way. And finally, they use progressive ageing method, where they introduce apple and cherry wood into the barrel to accelerate the ageing and give the Whisky unusual and new flavour dimensions.
After his 6 months apprenticeship in Scotland at Bowmore distilleries, Rick Wasmund founded the original Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville in 2005, a small village in the Virginia countryside.
The Copper Fox distillery is unique for the fact that they use apple wood and cherry wood to dry the malted grain and barley, smoking them with fruitwoods instead of peat. They are also the only distillery in the U.S. to malt their own grain and barley, in a traditional and “low tech” way.
Additionally they use a progressive aging method, where they introduce toasted apple and oak into the barrel to accelerate the maturation process, giving the Whisky distinctive, new flavor dimensions.
All of their products are non-chill filtered, including their Rye Whiskey and single, malt allowing the natural oils to deliver to you the rich, full grain flavor.
Copper Fox’s second distillery - Copper Fox Williamsburg Distillery - opened their doors in July of 2016.