~ THE RYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON YOU ~
Kooper Family Rye is a meticulously crafted blend of our fifteen-month-old high rye and our four-year-old straight rye, aged slowly and married in small batches by our small family. Our unique rye whiskeys undertake a long, slow journey, patiently maturing in the powerful and 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 and signature smoothness.
~ NOSE ~
Rye spice with subtle fruit notes of raisins and apples. Butter, spice, caramel and dill.
~ PALATE ~
Brown sugar, smoke, rye, dark fruit, with some dill, mint, anise, and tobacco flavors.
~ FINISH ~
Toffee, caramel apple, black pepper, vanilla, raisins, spicy, oak, smooth, soft, mello.
~ KOOPER FAMILY ALCHEMY ~
We age and blend two very rare rye whiskeys. The first is a classically distilled rye whiskey from the South that we age for four years in premium American White Oak casks. The other is a deep cut rye from the North that we age for fifteen months in a series of first and second use charred oak barrels.
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, along with the blending and sensory 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. That's why we do what we do.
~ TEXAS 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.
~ TEXAS CLIMATE ~
The Texas 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 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 our Rye Whiskey.
~ AMERICAN WHISKEY ~
RYE OR DIE
Our family only makes Rye Whiskey. That's it. Rye Whiskey has always been preferred in the family due to its rich depth of flavor and perfect balance of subtle sweet and savory notes. The extra bite of spice from the rye grain on the whiskey has long had a home, deep in the American soul. 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 family's love for it is as strong today as it was for the first Americans to make whiskey on this continent, some three hundred years ago.
~ EST. MMXII ~
The Kooper Family Whiskey Company, was founded in 2012 by Troy and Michelle Kooper, of Austin, Texas. The two hard fighting do-it-yourselfers, 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 Kooper (pictured on label), 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.
Grandpa Howard honored by Bing Crosby after winning the 1944 Armed Services Light-Heavyweight championship.
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