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Every Coopers’ Craft Bourbon Reviewed

Dec 30, 2020

Glencairn Whiskey Glass

Coopers’ Craft Bourbon was born in 2016 when Brown-Forman added its first new bourbon brand in 20 years. The last was Woodford Reserve and that worked out well. Just a few years after their birth, Coopers’ Craft expanded their line adding the Barrel Reserve 100 Proof. That’s a promising start for a young brand helmed by an experienced distillery like Brown-Forman.

Since 1945, Brown-Forman is the only major American whiskey distillery that also owns its own Cooperage. Coopers’ Craft pays homage to the hard-working coopers who make aging whiskey possible. After all, the barrel and wood are a critical part of the whiskey’s flavor development. I love that these bourbons are experimental in a way. The Coopers’ Craft goes through a beech and birch charcoal filter finishing process, and the Barrel Reserve uses a specially crafted chiseled and charred American White Oak barrel that deepens the whiskey’s contact with the wood.

I don’t know what’s in the cards for these whiskeys, but I’d love to see what something around 10 years old might look like with either of these techniques.

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Coopers’ Craft Bourbon Review

Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

Coopers' Craft Bourbon
Coopers' Craft BourbonDetails
In the Bottle82.2 Proof
ABV41.1%
Mashbill75% corn 21% rye 4% malted barley
Distilled and AgedLouisville, KY
BottledBrown-Forman
AgeNAS (Aged 4-6 years)
StyleBeech and Birch Charcoal Filter Finishing Process
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$29
ProsRefreshing and Crisp Palate
ConsLacks Complexity
AvailabilityNationwide
RatingSilver 88 out of 100 Points
InventorySolid Summertime Drinker

According to Coopers’ Craft,

Coopers’ Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is aged in a traditional American White Oak barrel. After aging, the bourbon is removed from the barrels and taken through our Beech and Birch charcoal-filter finishing process creating a smooth and flavorful bourbon bottled at 82.2 proof.

Cooper’s Craft has great viscosity and creamy, thick legs. The color in my Glencairn whiskey glass is amber.

Nose – 86 out of 100 Points

Cooper Craft has a delicate caramel overtone, supported by apples, pears, and just a hint of savory cinnamon and oak.

Taste – 92 out of 100 Points

This is a refreshing bourbon. It’s creamy vanilla, peach, and pear yogurt with a bright burst of tart apple. The back of the palate offers just subtle orange and oak notes.

Finish – 91 out of 100 Points

The finish is pear and tart apple and rounding out of gentle oak and just a peep of white pepper.

Verdict – Silver 88 out of 100 Points

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I’ve seen this around but this is my first stab at it, and I’m delightfully surprised. I enjoy fruits notes in bourbon but this was something else entirely. It was bright, crisp, and subtle but balanced. I will be grabbing another bottle or two to keep in the bunker.

Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve 100 Proof Review

Coopers Craft Barrel Reserve 100 Proof Review

Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve Bourbon
Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve BourbonDetails
In the Bottle100 Proof
ABV50%
Mashbill75% corn 21% rye 4% malted barley
Distilled and AgedLouisville, KY
BottledBrown-Forman
AgeNAS
StyleChiseled and Charred American White Oak Barrel
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$33
ProsDelicious Nose and Palate
ConsFinish Lacking
AvailabilityNationwide
RatingSilver 89.3 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy It

According to Coopers’ Craft,

Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve is aged in a unique chiseled and charred American White Oak barrel that deepens the whiskey’s wood exposure, creating a robust and complex bourbon bottled at 100 proof.

Nose – 90 out of 100 Points

The nose is deeply caramelized sugars — caramel and molasses. There’s also rich barrel char and pears.

Taste – 91 out of 100 Points

The palate is deliciously sweet like a vanilla, white chocolate-covered apple. Just a hint of bitterness on the tip of the tongue counterbalances all the sweetness. The back of the palate is a sweet and creamy béchamel sauce with white pepper and charred cinnamon.

Finish – 87 out of 100 Points

The finish lacks the balance and complexity of the nose and palate. It’s short to medium with prominent tannic oak and hints of vanilla, pear, and white pepper.

Verdict – Silver 89.3 out of 100 Points

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About Matty Sims

Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, Thrive Global and Inside Hook, partnered with dozens of distilleries, and reviewed hundreds of whiskeys. He has also created single barrel stickers for Bourbon Pursuit and Total Wine.
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