Collabor&tion is the culmination of nearly two years of work between the Bardstown Bourbon Co. & Copper & Kings American Brandy Co.

Two deluxe expressions of very fine 10-year-old straight Bourbon whiskey finished for 18 months: one in C&K American Brandy barrels and the other in Muscat Mistelle barrels.

Collabor&tion is the culmination of nearly two years of work between the Bardstown Bourbon Co. & Copper & Kings American Brandy Co.

Two deluxe expressions of very fine 10-year-old straight Bourbon whiskey finished for 18 months: one in C&K American Brandy barrels and the other in Muscat Mistelle barrels.

Collabor&tion is the celebration of two great craftsmen working together to produce exceptional products.

Steve Nally, Bourbon Hall of Fame Master Distiller for BBCo, and Brandon O’Daniel, Head Distiller for C&K, hand-selected the bourbon for the project, meticulously blended it until it achieved the right flavor profiles, and chose the barrels for the finishing process.

The bourbon used to produce Collabor&tion was distilled in Indiana in 2006 by Lawrenceburg Distillers and is made from 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley.

The Collabor&tion expression aged in C&K American brandy barrels is bottled at cask strength of 113 proof. The Mistelle barrel finish is bottled at cask strength at 94 proof.

Collabor&tion is the celebration of two great craftsmen working together to produce exceptional products.

Steve Nally, Bourbon Hall of Fame Master Distiller for BBCo, and Brandon O’Daniel, Head Distiller for C&K, hand-selected the bourbon for the project, meticulously blended it until it achieved the right flavor profiles, and chose the barrels for the finishing process.

The bourbon used to produce Collabor&tion was distilled in Indiana in 2006 by Lawrenceburg Distillers and is made from 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley.

The Collabor&tion expression aged in C&K American brandy barrels is bottled at cask strength of 113 proof. The Mistelle barrel finish is bottled at cask strength at 94 proof.

“Exceptional bourbon will always carry beautiful dark fruit notes (figs, raisins, dates) as well as apple and pear to complement the classic honey, spice and butterscotch. Aging in brandy barrels not only accentuates these notes – it layers more on top of that foundation to create an incredibly rich, smooth and complex whiskey” – Steve Nally

“A Mistelle barrel is a unique vessel. Mistelle is unfermented grape juice (in this case Muscat) fortified with un-aged brandy (Muscat eau-de-vie) and then aged in bourbon barrels for 18 months. The empty barrels are deeply and highly caramelized with the grape sugars and fruit essences. The whiskey exiting these barrels is pure joy.” – Brandon O’Daniel

“Exceptional bourbon will always carry beautiful dark fruit notes (figs, raisins, dates) as well as apple and pear to complement the classic honey, spice and butterscotch. Aging in brandy barrels not only accentuates these notes – it layers more on top of that foundation to create an incredibly rich, smooth and complex whiskey” – Steve Nally

“A Mistelle barrel is a unique vessel. Mistelle is unfermented grape juice (in this case Muscat) fortified with un-aged brandy (Muscat eau-de-vie) and then aged in bourbon barrels for 18 months. The empty barrels are deeply and highly caramelized with the grape sugars and fruit essences. The whiskey exiting these barrels is pure joy.” – Brandon O’Daniel

COLLABOR&TION IN THE NEWS

The Spirit of Collaboration

There are only 200 of each for the moment and there are no bottle limits, so take what you need. I’ll give you my honest opinion: they’re both very, very good and completely different than anything else in the market right now. I wouldn’t have signed on for this if I wasn’t totally impressed with both the Bourbon and the guys from BBCo. Obviously, we love Copper & Kings.

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Collabor&tion Bourbons – A New Project You Don’t Want To Miss

For those on the hunt for the next big thing out of Bourbon County, we have precisely the bottles you are looking for. Our old friends at Copper & Kings have joined forces with Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo for short) to craft a pair of Bourbons that offer equal parts pure deliciousness and intellectual engagement. The skinny is this, BBCo took two ten year old MGP-distilled whiskies and finished them for eighteen months – one in a brandy barrel and the other in a Mistelle cask – both of which were provided by Copper & Kings.

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Collabor&tion Bourbon Is the Result of Creative Kentucky Synergy

In recent years, Kentucky’s venerable bourbon distilleries have been joined by upstart operations forging their own creative paths. Two of these, the Bardstown Bourbon Company and Copper and Kings, have partnered up to release a pair of new 10-year-old bourbons. Both were finished for more than 18 months—one in American brandy casks and the other in Muscat Mistelle barrels.

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The Best New Spirits of 2017

Kentucky’s Bardstown Bourbon Company is hopping on the trend of second-finishing whiskey here with their two Collabor&tion bottles, produced with their neighbors Copper & Kings. One is aged in casks first used for C&K’s American Craft brandy, and the other is aged in those used for their Muscat Mistelle—a grape juice fortified with un-aged brandy, like a Pineau de Charentes.

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Ten Rare Whiskey Collections to Hunt For Right Now

This pair of bourbons is an interesting mash-up between The Bardstown Bourbon Company and Louisville’s Copper & Kings. The two distilleries got together to select 10-year-old bourbon from MGP in Indiana, brought it back to Louisville and finished it in American brandy and Mistelle wine barrels. The results are interesting and a little polarizing.

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