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 must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.

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
Angela
Angela,
ok start, but the grassy finish wasn't for me
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, oaky, Straight Bourbon Whiskey which has a bold birth; while an intense life leads to a long & oaky death with notes of grain, almond & spice.
 
Mike
Mike,
Best of the sampler. Cleaner, sweeter finish. No chemical aftertastes. Would buy again.
 
Shannon
Shannon,
Favorite out of the box.
 
Lane
Lane,
Strong bonfire woody flavor. Usually like but not this one
 
Brian
Brian,
Not my taste.
 
Jose
Jose,
Not bad .. spicy yet oaky not bad at all
 
Holly
Holly,
So smooth and sweet finish
 
Rachel
Rachel,
Carmel and black pepper are nice it has, good strong fist then smooths out
 
Luis
Luis,
It’s going to leave an impression - it’s harsh, and unapologetic. Hints of caramel and vanilla from your more balanced bourbons exist, but the enduring quality is that of charcoal and brunt oak... which isn’t a bad thing. Surprisingly delicious, but not for the faint of heat (or taste)!
 
Amy
Amy,
Not my cup of tea, harsh, eye watering
 
HJ
HJ,
Like the caramel and butterscotch and the light touch of peach. However, the shift to strong pepper is a little harsh for me. I like it, but not sure it’s worth the higher cost.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
A bourbon that feels like a brandy. The nose is harsh and it's a thick caramel in the palate. Paired nicely with milk chocolate but I'm having trouble finding a $79/bottle sip on this one.
 
Greg
Greg,
Yikes! This is not for me! Not even sure how to describe the taste. Smells bad and it's uncomfortable on the tongue. Very earthy I guess I'd call it.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
ok start, but the grassy finish wasn't for me
 
Allison
Allison,
Not a fan of peach and black pepper mix
 
Paul
Paul,
Very enjoyable; delicious butterscotch nose and Carmel flavor; drinks easy, thin mouthfeel, too much wheat/smoke flavor, and short finish though make it seem a bit immature, but very easy sippin.
 
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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