Coppersea Excelsior Straight Bourbon Whisky

Coppersea Excelsior Straight Bourbon Whisky

(0.75l, 48%)


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An old-school pre-prohibition Bourbon from Upstate New York.

Now, this Whisky’s name is loaded with images of yesteryear and symbolism, so let’s unwrap this verbiage first: Coppersea takes us back to the 19th Century when the Hudson Valley in New York was a constellation of copper stills that churned gallons of Spirit before the wicked times of prohibition. The know-how and tradition that sprung from that sea of copper, is still present today. Agnus MacDonald, the owner and master distiller at Coppersea, says they want to keep it primitive when it comes to Whiskey production. But their philosophy isn’t primitive – that’s when the word excelsior comes in: it’s an Empire State motto and it means “ever upward” in some dead language. Now, Excelsior Straight Bourbon is 100% New York, which means you might hear Stanley Turrentine, cab drivers honking and someone shouting at you to get out of their way for some reason, when you open the bottle.

Except the Coppersea distillery is actually a farm upstate, so you should hear rivers, bees, and someone shouting at you to get out of their way. This decadent Bourbon is made in-house with grain that grows nearby. Talk about locally produced free-range Whisky, right? Even the casks are made of New York oak and this Whiskey is supposed to be the first one to mature in such oak after the prohibition. By the way: why is locally sourced grain so important? Glad you asked! It's all about controlled sprouting, converting starch into sugars and enzymes, but the most crucial thing here is the result: a uniquely redolent Whisky with fresh and full flavor and complexity that comes from a process called direct firing (skip the steam, fire the still directly, like in the good ole days). 
  • Category
  • Style
    Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
    New York
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    48%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS
  • Maturation
    New York casks

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caramel
peach
black pepper
spicy
bonfire
woody
vanilla
grain
oak
What does Coppersea Excelsior Straight Bourbon Whisky taste like?

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Bourbon was designated "The Official Spirit of America" by an Act of Congress signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden. 

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Vanilla, campfire wood, caramel. 

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Caramel, black pepper, vanilla, peaches. 

Finish
Medium, aromatic, lingering spices.

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Ratings & Reviews
Austin
Austin,
Caramel nose, spicy body, and floral-sweet finish
 
Jeffry
Jeffry,
Sweet start and woody finish. Nice unique flavor profile, gives you a warm feeling. Not sure if it’s worth the price though
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Mmmm, oaky
 
James
James,
A little too overpowering my my palette. Nice long finish though.
 
Terri
Terri,
smooth . Wanted a little more complexity, but good, simple bourbon.
 
Matt
Matt,
So I don’t upset people that really like this... this is my opinion and it helps my own personal flavor profile get tighter for future recommendations. This whiskey is more like whisky to me. Spelling is the key. I taste the woody/smoky more than I had hoped. Actually pretty smooth though! I like the caramel and peach but just not strong enough to overcome that scotch flavor. Wouldn’t make my home bar but wouldn’t deny if offered... just my opinion on my taste as it compares to bourbons available. Cheers!
 
Alex
Alex,
Wonderfully smooth, Doesn’t taste as potent as it is! It’s the night before thanksgiving, so it wonderfully embodies the flavors of the season! The caramel and subtle spiciness makes it a splendid whisky for the outdoors, camping, and by the fire.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Strong taste. Smooth.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
A distinct taste of burnt rubber...did not enjoy
 
Charles
Charles,
Smells woody, and soft. Tastes dry and woody like a bonfire. Went down smooth, but I didn't like it much.
 
chris
chris,
no burn, great woody taste and smell.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Very smooth with NO burn. slightly sweet with a mild spice finish
 
Scott
Scott,
Spice with sweet
 
Oliver
Oliver,
Smells great. Tastes weird
 
Erik
Erik,
The first thing that hit me was the aroma -- like opening a new box of sneakers! Learning slowly that I am not a big fan of the wheated Bourbons, and should stay closer to my comfort zone. It is SMOOTH, very drinkable neat in a chilled snifter, and has a clean finish that eases off quickly. Curious to see how it fits in my next Manhattan.
 
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