~ THE RYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON YOU ~
KOOPER FAMILY RYE
Kooper Family Rye is a premium blend of two unique, handpicked rye whiskies, aged slowly and proudly under the big blue Texas sky.
Once each is finished aging, we marry them together in small batches, and rebarrel the fiery blend into select White Oak casks. They begin a long but glorious journey together, patiently maturing in the warm Texas winds.
While they take their sweet time melding together, we carefully add pure limestone filtered Texas spring water into the barrel, a little bit at a time, slowly bringing the proof down over the course of many months.
This is how we create complexity and balance and how we meticulously craft the smoothest sippin’ whiskey in Texas.
Rye spice with subtle fruit notes of raisins and apples. Butter, spice and dill.
Brown sugar, smoke, rye, dark fruit, with some dill, mint, anise, and tobacco flavors.
Toffee, caramel apple, black pepper, vanilla, raisins, spicy, oak, smooth, soft, mello.
~ SOURCE ~
We age and blend two very rare rye whiskies. The first is a classically distilled rye whiskey from Tennessee that we age for four years in premium American White Oak casks. The other is a deep cut rye from Illinois that we age for 12-14 months in a series of first and second use barrels.
Although being trained and experienced whiskey distillers, we're more fascinated with what happens inside the barrel. Working with and understanding the Texas climate and its effects on whiskey aging, along with the blending and sensory skills needed to craft award-winning whiskey, 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. That's why we do what we do. Aging is responsible for 80% of the flavor and 100% of the color of whiskey. That's a whole hell of a lot of Texas going into Kooper Family Rye.
~ KOOPER FAMILY ALCHEMY ~
SPRING WATER ~ We proof and blend our whiskey with limestone-filtered water from Ardrey Springs, in Travis County, Texas. This spring flows with crystal clear water from the Edwards Aquifer, one of the most fertile artesian aquifers in the world. Filtered by the bedrock limestones of the Edwards Plateau, the natural minerals in the water help our whiskey develop its rich flavor profile.
HILL COUNTRY CLIMATE ~ The Hill Country has a semi-arid climate, characterized by hot summers and mild winter days. Dripping Springs, Texas receives about 220 days of bright sunshine per year. It's ain't easy aging whiskey in the extreme Texas heat, but if you know what you're doing, it’s about as perfect a climate as there is for aging Rye Whiskey.
~ AMERICAN WHISKEY ~
RYE OR DIE
We only make Rye Whiskey. That's it.
And we don't consider Rye Whiskey some loyal, chummy understudy to Bourbon. Or an "also-too" whiskey produced only to expand a product line and grab more shelf space.
In our opinion, Rye Whiskey is the finest expression of whiskey to have ever come out of a charred oak barrel.
Rye Whiskey is the spicy fire that this country was baptized in. Long before the Kentucky barons began bottling Bourbon, Rye Whiskey was warming American tongues and inflaming American hearts.
Rye is the whiskey of defiance and American independence and our love for it is as strong today as it was for the brave folks who pioneered this nation.
Rye or Die.
~ THE KOOPER FAMILY STORY ~
The Kooper Family Whiskey Company, was founded in 2012 by Troy and Michelle Kooper, of Austin, Texas. The two do-it-yourselfers and proud individualists, have many years’ experience distilling, aging and blending craft whiskey in Texas.
Hard work, dogged persistence and a self-determined fighting spirit runs in the family’s blood. Troy’s grandfather, Howard W. Pardekooper, was the U.S. Armed Forces Light Heavyweight Champion in 1944. Michelle’s cousin, Carlos Palomino, was the WBC Welterweight Champion of the World from 1976-1979.
You may run into the Koopers out and about in Austin or Dripping Springs; if you see them, say hi, and if they look a little tired, that's cause they've been working their asses off, happily making Rye Whiskey for y'all.
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