I stumbled across Copperworks distillery while in Seattle, Washington on a layover to Hawaii with my boyfriend. When I saw it had a tasting room at the distillery, I knew we were going to walk in. They sadly didn’t have a whiskey for us to taste, but the minute the guy mentioned they were working on a whiskey and asked if we wanted to pre-order their release, we… ok not we, but my boyfriend said yes. I was not too sure of the idea of pre-ordering something I had never tasted before, but order it we did.
Founders Jason Parker and Micah Nutt opened the doors to Copperworks distillery in 2013. However they didn’t release their first whiskey till this past August. The pre-sale for their whiskey began much earlier in the year, as we pre-ordered ours this past Feb. Ticket in hand we waited, and then waited some more. Truthfully it took a little longer than what we had expected… or they had claimed. Although, if this whiskey tasted absolutely amazing, then it was well worth the wait.
This whiskey is aged for 2.5 years. It starts off as a beer and is twice distilled in traditional Scottish copper pot stills. Finally, it’s matured in charred, new American Oak barrels.
Nose: oak, vanilla and pepper
Palate: There’s a slight creaminess to this whiskey. I get notes of pepper, spices and toffee.
Finish: There is bite to this whiskey, ending with a light burn.
Getting right to it, it’s a good whiskey. This is Copperworks first attempt at whiskey and for their first go-around, I think they did an amazing job. Instead of just putting a white whiskey out there to have a product for sales, they took their time to properly age and try to perfect this whiskey.
It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s good whiskey. My fear was regretting purchasing this whiskey and truthfully, we don’t regret purchasing at all. It is a solid whiskey, it won’t blow you away, but you can truly appreciate the quality and craftsmanship that went into this product. It really is worth the try.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.
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Just found your site, impressive! I live about 2 hours south of this distillery, it would be a real pain to fight through traffic. So I like to know your thoughts on the distillery, is it worth the trip? Thanks
We happened to be at the distillery during off hours and the only part open at that time was their tasting bar. Sadly, we weren’t able to take the tour so I can’t say for sure if it’s worth the drive. I can say that it didn’t seem to be a very big distillery from what we were able to see from the tasting area. You also do get to sample all their products as well if that also makes a difference. Hope this helps. Cheers!