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Kooper Family Rye Whiskey is made with love by a small hardworking, hard fighting family from Texas. Aged slowly in the powerful Texas climate and married in small batches, Kooper Family Rye’s superior complexity and signature smoothness are the unmistakable result of our family’s dedication to our craft and our love for Premium American Rye Whiskey.
Kooper Family Rye is a thoughtfully crafted blend of our four-year-old corn-fed Straight Rye & our fiery three-year-old Straight Rye, aged slowly & married together in small batches by our small family. These unique Rye Whiskeys undertake a long, gradual journey maturing in the powerful & moody Texas climate before being carefully blended together along with a measure of pure Limestone filtered Texas spring water. This is how we develop Kooper Family Rye’s superior complexity & signature smoothness.
Rye spice with subtle fruit notes of raisins and apples. Butter, spice, caramel and yellow cake.
Brown sugar, smoke, rye spice, dark fruit, with mint, anise, tobacco and sandalwood flavors.
Toffee, caramel apple, black pepper, vanilla, raisins, spicy, oak, smooth, soft, mellow.
~ Aged slowly ~
RAISED IN TEXAS
Although our family has mashed and distilled whiskey for years, we're far more fascinated with what happens inside the barrel. Working with and understanding the Texas climate and its effects on whiskey aging over the years, and the blending skills needed to craft award-winning Rye Whiskey — those are the secret powers we crave. Whiskey can be distilled the same way anywhere in the world, but the climate it's aged in is as unique as a human fingerprint. Nowhere on Earth can duplicate the aging power and nuance of Texas. And the longer you wait for it to mature, the more interesting it gets. That's why we do what we do.
The single most important ingredient in whiskey making is TIME. You just can't cheat it, rush it or talk your way around it. Our three & five year old whiskeys are aged the right way–slowly & patiently. True complexity can only be developed over the course of many long years & you can't craft whiskey by taking shortcuts.
Our corner of Central Texas has a humid subtropic climate, characterized by hot summers & mild winter days. Fayette County receives about 222 days of sunshine per year. It ain't easy aging whiskey in the extreme Texas climate, but if you know what you're doing, it’s about as perfect a place for aging whiskey as you'll find on Earth.
You may notice a bit of sediment or a slight haze in your bottle, these are signs that the rich aromas and complex flavors of our whiskey are preserved. Filtering the very flavors we’ve worked so hard to craft would be silly, especially for purely cosmetic reasons. Just give the bottle a shake and the cloudiness should disappear.
THE SMALLEST MOM & POP WHISKEY COMPANY IN TEXAS
Troy and Michelle Kooper, the only two employees at Kooper Family Whiskey Co. (Photo: Melanie Grizzel
~ FAMILY OWNED ~
Founded in 2012 by Troy and Michelle Kooper, the Kooper Family Whiskey Company is owned and operated by a small, hardworking Texas family.
There are no venture capital investments, trust funds, oil money or corporate financiers behind the Kooper Family. The company is 100% family funded and is not driven by financial gain, relevancy, or social status, but by our burning passion for crafting the finest premium Rye Whiskey in Texas. When it comes to making Rye Whiskey, the only thing our family cares about, is making Rye Whiskey.
Six years after starting the Kooper Family Whiskey Company there are still only two employees; Troy and Michelle Kooper. Every drop, every barrel, and bottle have gone through the only four hands on the company payroll. Kooper Family Rye’s superior complexity and signature smoothness are the unmistakable result of our family’s resilience and dedication to our craft.
Not for the money. Not for the fame. Not for the recognition.
But for the pure joy of creating something special and sharing it.
~ OUR STORY ~
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Everything that the Kooper Family Whiskey Company stands for can be traced back to the values and life of one man; Howard W. Paredekooper, our beloved grandfather. Born in 1922 and raised through the great depression, Grandpa grew up to epitomize what it means to be a hardworking, do-it-yourself American.
Grandpa provided for the seven children he raised by either fishing, hunting, or growing the food he put on their plates everyday. His children grew up to understand that if you want something done, you do it yourself and that it's your responsibility to carve the path in life you seek and no one else's.
Grandpa's dedication to family and his relentless belief in himself inspired us to honor him by putting him on our whiskey label as a symbol of our belief in family and self-reliance.
The label depicts him as a young man when he won the U.S. Armed Forces Light Heavyweight Boxing Championship in 1944. At just 22 years old, already a husband and a father, he proved to himself what grit, determination, and a willingness to fight for greatness can achieve. Those values he passed down are the defining principals that guide our family and our relentless dedication to our craft.
“Shallow men believe in luck.
Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
Grandpa Howard honored by Bing Crosby after winning the 1944 Armed Services Light-Heavyweight Championship.
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100 WEST U.S. 290
LEDBETTER TX 78946
~ TASTING ROOM COMING SOON ~
We'll be opening our brand new tasting room in Fayette County very soon.
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