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Every Coopers’ Craft Bourbon Reviewed

Dec 30, 2020

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by Matty Sims

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 Review

Coopers' Craft Bourbon

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
ProsComing Soon
ConsComing Soon
AvailabilityNationwide
RatingComing Soon
InventoryComing Soon

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.

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.
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