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Copper Fox Rye Whisky

Copper Fox Rye Whisky

Size: 0,75 l
(45.0% ABV)
$58.99
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  • BrandCopper Fox
  • CategoryRye
  • CountryUnited States
  • RegionVirginia
  • DistilleryCopper Fox
  • Age1 Year Old
  • Style Rye Whiskey
  • Maturation Progressive - apple and oak chips
  • Alcohol45.0%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 Warning.

A rare pearl for Rye Whiskey devotees.

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 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.

The Copper Fox distillery is special for a few reasons. For one, they uniquely use apple wood and cherry wood 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 aging method, where they introduce toasted apple and oak into the barrel to accelerate the aging and give the Whisky unusual and new flavor dimensions.

Copper Fox Rye Whisky is a Rye Whiskey, which is double-pot stilled and progressively aged for 15-20 months using apple wood toasted chips inside a used Bourbon barrel. The mash bill is 66% Virginia Rye, and 33% Virginia Thoroughbred hand-malted barley, kiln dried with apple wood and cherry wood smoke.


Flavor Spiral TM
  • pepper pepper
  • almonds almonds
  • apple apple
  • cinnamon cinnamon
  • raisin raisin
  • caramel caramel
  • sweet sweet
  • spicy spicy
  • floral floral
Appearance / Color
Bright amber.

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Sherry, plum wine, Appple-pie, cinnamon, raisin toast, and a bit of caramel.

Flavor / Taste / Palate 
Toasted almond, pepper, flowery, and with an increased sweetness.

Finish 
Medium-long, spicy, with a slighty bitter-apple aftertaste.

Comment
Progressive ageing - interesting on the taste buds. 

About

A rare pearl for Rye Whiskey devotees.

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 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.

The Copper Fox distillery is special for a few reasons. For one, they uniquely use apple wood and cherry wood 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 aging method, where they introduce toasted apple and oak into the barrel to accelerate the aging and give the Whisky unusual and new flavor dimensions.

Copper Fox Rye Whisky is a Rye Whiskey, which is double-pot stilled and progressively aged for 15-20 months using apple wood toasted chips inside a used Bourbon barrel. The mash bill is 66% Virginia Rye, and 33% Virginia Thoroughbred hand-malted barley, kiln dried with apple wood and cherry wood smoke.


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  • BrandCopper Fox
  • CategoryRye
  • CountryUnited States
  • RegionVirginia
  • DistilleryCopper Fox
  • Age1 Year Old
  • Style Rye Whiskey
  • Maturation Progressive - apple and oak chips
  • Alcohol45.0%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 Warning.
Flavor Spiral TM
  • pepper pepper
  • almonds almonds
  • apple apple
  • cinnamon cinnamon
  • raisin raisin
  • caramel caramel
  • sweet sweet
  • spicy spicy
  • floral floral
Appearance / Color
Bright amber.

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Sherry, plum wine, Appple-pie, cinnamon, raisin toast, and a bit of caramel.

Flavor / Taste / Palate 
Toasted almond, pepper, flowery, and with an increased sweetness.

Finish 
Medium-long, spicy, with a slighty bitter-apple aftertaste.

Comment
Progressive ageing - interesting on the taste buds. 

Customer Reviews

Based on 2525 reviews
13%
(337)
34%
(862)
29%
(741)
14%
(342)
10%
(243)
K
Kelly
okay

It's okay. At first, I thought it smelled like sweaty gym clothes but the hubs said tobacco, so we'll go with that. I can kind of smell raisins.

J
John B
Not pleasant

There was a tobacco flavor and what seemed to me like smoke. I normally thoroughly enjoy a good Rye, but after a few sips, I realized this doesn't taste like most rye's that I have. To finish it I either had to pour it out or mix it. So into some coke zero it went. But I definitely would not ever purchase this or wish for it to hit my palate again.

K
Keith
Fascinatingly Unbalanced

It's extremely complex, and the first sip was disorienting. Smoke is present throughout. Bourbon drinkers, be warned: this will resemble a peated scotch to someone who is a stranger to peated or botanical-smoked barley. The absence of the 'e' in Whisk(e)y is deliberate. If you see an 'e,', then corn is the second grain to rye. No 'e' is barley. If you're accustomed to peated scotch, this drinks like a young, very lightly peated scotch that someone added a dash of white dog to.

Nose, very dry and rye shows up much like it does in white dog but it's drowning under extra crispy-baked apple pie, crunchy-toasted raisin bread and the fading, smoky end of a hardwood campfire.

I definitely get roasted almonds and floral on palate, but the floral is more like juniper berries or birch bark and not flowery. Texture is thin to very slightly oily, and rye flavors like pepper or grass are present in the background, but become more pronounced later in the pour.

Finish, starts with the roasted almonds now turning overcooked and almost ashy or lightly tannic-bitter. It's not unpleasant, but definitely odd. Rye spice starts to show up just before the ash.

It's a gem and I like it for its uniqueness and playing with experimental methods and combinations of flavors. Flavors and aromas come at you fast though, and it's a bit chaotic at first sip. Great conversation bottle, and I'm sure it'll be a polarizing pour for bourbon and scotch drinking friends of mine.

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Elizabeth
I don't care what others say

I don't care what others say, I QUITE enjoy this rye. It's complex and full of flavor(s). Just what I've been looking for. With a long, warm your chest finish, it is incredibly satisfying, and keeps me looking forward to every single neat sip.

R
Rob
Really unique rye

A ton of young rye grain initially hits your nose, followed by caramel and campfire smoke. Nicely sweet but young rye on the palate, and then the smoked malt comes in to add a bunch of complexity. This is surprisingly good for how young and experimental the process is. Bravo!