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Copper & Kings Distills World’s Oldest Known Whiskey Recipe

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Louisville, Ky.-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. has distilled the world’s oldest known gin recipe, first documented in 1495, by a wealthy merchant from the Duchy of Guelders (in what we now know as Germany).
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Drinkable Week: High-end whiskey from Wild Turkey & Jack Daniel’s, Copper & Kings gin and Louisville’s craft beer map

Some American icons get mature and strong while Louisville gins up and charts a course for good beer, all…on the Latest edition of The Drinkable Week.

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Copper & Kings Expands Rapidly

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Bourbon is usually what draws travelers to Louisville (besides horses, of course), but the Copper & Kings distillery, in the city’s Butchertown neighborhood, is giving drinkers another reason to visit. When most other distillers in the state of Kentucky are focused primarily on whiskey-making, Copper & Kings is distinguishing itself by dedicating its production to brandy and absinthe.

In addition to making fine spirits, the distillery is a case study for modern branding. From it’s orange and black color scheme to its likely-to-become-iconic ampersand logo, Copper & Kings seems to have mastered the art of standing out in an increasingly crowded category. And it’s barely been in business a year!

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Photo: Jeff CIoletti

This week the distillery announced it’s adding an additional seven states—Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas—to its distribution footprint, bringing its total to 15. Its products are also available in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin and, of course, Kentucky.

But don’t wait for Copper & Kings products—which include Copper & Kings Craft Distilled Brandy, Immature Brandy, Absinthe Blanche and Vapor Distilled Lavender, Citrus and Ginger absinthes—to arrive in your state. Head to Louisville to taste them in one of the most aesthetically dynamic operating distilleries in America.