Bourbon Breakdown: Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

September 7, 2021

When Coopers’ Craft Bourbon launched in 2016, it was the first new bourbon brand in 20 years for Brown-Forman, the parent company for brands such as Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniel’s and Old Forester, among others. Since its launch, it has been made available in 23 states expanding its initial reach of only 8 states. Also, the brand has released a second bottling, Barrel Reserve, to its portfolio. Still, it’s a relatively unknown brand to most whiskey consumers. But each one is worth discovering, particularly for its price point.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a brief summary of the Coopers’ Craft Bourbon bottlings along with some tasting notes and our Distiller Community Rating.

Coopers’ Craft Original 82.2 Proof

The Coopers’ Craft Bourbon brand celebrates the role and heritage of the coopers who meticulously construct and repair barrels for whiskey making. The Brown-Forman Cooperage has been in operation since 1945 and is the only spirits company in the world to make its own barrels.

What to Know:

Coopers’ Craft Original is matured in Brown-Forman Cooperage new, charred American white oak barrels. Then prior to bottling, it’s filtered using a proprietary beech and birch charcoal-filtration system. It is bottled at 82.2 proof.

What Our Experts Think It Tastes Like:

Resembles apple brandy; smooth toasty notes, dark caramel, creamy vanilla and mild sweet spices.

SRP: $22
ABV: 41.1%
Community Rating: 3.82 out of 5 stars (273 Ratings)

Coopers’ Craft Original 82.2 Proof /Photo Credit: Coopers’ Craft

Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve 100 Proof

The second release for the brand launched in early 2019.

What to Know:

Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve is aged in new American oak barrels that are chiseled and charred to allow more contact with the wood. This Kentucky straight bourbon is bottled at 100 proof.

What Our Experts Think It Tastes Like:

Tannic oak, cedar box, and rich vanilla sweetness; crispy burnt corners of brownies.

SRP: $32
ABV: 50%
Community Rating: 3.68 out of 5 stars (216 Ratings)

Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve 100 Proof /Photo Credit: Coopers’ Craft

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