Review #538. Copper and Kings Phoenix Barrel

Review #538 | /r/Brandy Review #17 – Copper and Kings: The Phoenix Barrel

The Schtick: This is a collaboration frankenstein of a pick if I’ve ever seen one. This was picked by Tippin’s Market, Lincoln Road and The Last Word bar. It is called Phoneix Barrel because this refill barrel is scraped and recharred by burning Oloroso barrels. Seems sort of nifty, seems sort of gimmicky. And yes, Oloroso is misspelled every time it appears on the label. The whiskey nerds tell me that this makes it a unicorn and that I just opened a piece of rare history. Meh.


Distiller: Copper and Kings

Bottler: Copper and Kings

ABV: 58.5% ABV

Age: NAS

Source: Bottle, Purchased


Nose: Caramel, pepper, earthy spice. Sweet honey, fruitiness is definitely there as well as some sulfur bite. Deep cocoa.

Taste: Thick, rich mouthfeel, but some heat. It’s deeply earthy, sweet and fruity with fig, apple, blackberry and some orange peel. Then the pepper sets in. Oh god, the pepper. It grows very earthy and spicy very quickly.

Finish: Medium and a bit hot. There’s some nice cocoa caramel flavor here but the pepper sets in again.

Overall: This was an interesting thing to work through a bottle of. I wanted to like it more than I did but I think I’d rather this have been oloroso matured as I think that would have been much better for the profile. The earthy, bitter, peppery character seemed to overcome a lot of the things that could have made this really impressive. I’m going to give this a Rank 6 and “totally not butchertown”.

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Rank: 6

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Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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