Copper Fox Rye Whisky
Made from 2/3 Virginia rye and 1/3 thoroughbred Virginia hand malted barley that have been smoked over smoldering apple and cherry wood and twice distilled. It is then double pot-stilled to between 150 and 160 proof and aged (19 months) in used bourbon barrels with toasted fruitwood chunks placed inside the barrels. A subtle smoke influence is picked up by the toasted wood and smoked barley malt, though not as smoky in general as the Wasmund’s Single Malt. This whisky is non-cold chill filtered. Notes of earth, spice, buttered biscuits; figs and caramel balance the smoky qualities in a tasteful way. Enjoy neat or in a classic cocktail such as an Arnaud’s Special. 90 proof (45% alcohol). 94 points-Beverage Testing Institute
About the Producer
Copper Fox Distillery was formed in January of 2000 by Rick Wasmund. The operation is based in Sperryville, Virginia. The revelation of a distinct and wonderful single malt whisky using fruitwood smoke came to Rick in years prior after visiting a slew of American micro- distilleries. By spring of 2000, Rick made the journey to Scotland to visit several distilleries. He came away with an offer to intern at Bowmore Distillery on Islay, one of the few distilleries in the world that still malts their own barley. Three years later, Copper Fox Whisky was launched into the marketplace as the first apple and cherry wood smoked whisky in the world. These distinct whiskies focus on the time honored, but currently rare hand malting process, using the smoke of smoldering fruitwoods during malting. There are three products, which are all based on grains from a local farm on the northern neck of Virginia between the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers.