~ 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, mellow.
~ 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 blend and proof our rye whiskies with pure limestone-filtered water from Ardrey Spring, 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, and helps our Family Rye develop its smooth character and 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 perfect for aging Rye Whiskey.
~ NON CHILL FILTERED ~
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.
Troy and Michelle Kooper, the only two employees at Kooper Family Whiskey Co. (Photo: Melanie Grizzel
~ TEXAS RYE WHISKEY ~
Kooper Family Rye is made slowly and patiently by a small, hard working, hard-fighting family from Texas. Founded in 2012 by Troy and Michelle Kooper, the Kooper Family Whiskey Company is built on the timeless Texas values of hard work, persistence and most important: Family.
There are no venture capital investments, trust funds or corporate financers behind the Kooper Family. The company is 100% family funded and is not driven by financial gain, relevancy, or social status, but by the family’s burning passion for crafting the finest premium Rye Whiskey in Texas. When it comes to making Rye Whiskey, the only thing the 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, label, 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 the family’s dedication to their craft.
Not for the money. Not for the fame. Not for the recognition.
But for the pure joy of creating something and sharing it.
~ BORN FIGHTING ~
The Kooper Family comes from a long line of hard workers and born fighters. Bred from orphans, soldiers, field workers, Marines and boxing champions. Men and women unafraid to get their hands dirty, strive for a better life and fight for every inch along the way.
On Michelle Kooper’s side, cousin Carlos Palomino, was the WBC Welterweight Champion of the World from 1976-1979. The same title held by Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Troy Kooper’s paternal grandfather, Howard Kooper (pictured on label), was the U.S. Armed Forces Light Heavyweight Champion in 1944, while serving during the war.
That same self-determined fighting spirit and dogged persistence runs in their blood and fuels the Kooper Family Whiskey Company. The family worked tirelessly for many years learning the secret science of making premium Rye Whiskey before beginning work on Kooper Family Rye.
Michelle and Troy have consulted and trained with some of the best minds in American Whiskey distilling, but there’s only one way to learn how to age and blend Rye Whiskey and that’s to roll up your sleeves, get to work and put in the time. Trial and error and fighting the odds has been their path and years of hard work and perseverance are the main ingredients to the Kooper Family’s success.
Grandpa Howard honored by Bing Crosby after winning the 1944 Armed Services Light-Heavyweight championship.
~ WHERE TO BUY ~
~ JOIN US ~
~ NICKEL CITY ~
Kooper Family Whiskey WednesdayWednesday, January 10th. 6:00pm
1133 E 11th St. Austin, TX
Join us for a fine evening of whiskey and merriment at Nickel City
, Austin's favorite "anytime bar" where we'll have four Kooper Family Rye cocktails on the menu as well as 25% off all whiskey pours for the night.
~ THE DRISKILL GRILL ~
Whiskey Series at The Driskill GrillWednesday, January 17th. 6:30pm
604 Brazos St, Austin, TX
Join the Driskill Grill's Executive Chef, Christian Apetz and Kooper Family Rye for a collaboration whiskey dinner. The evening will include a four coursed menu selectively chosen to pair with consciously curated cocktails.