Limited release of artisanal 7-year-old pure Muscat Brandy – Blue Sky Mining. Matured for 30 months in a single Kentucky hogshead barrel, the non-chill filtered spirit is unadulterated by any post distillation infusion of boisé (oak flavor or infusion) or caramel color for a natural color and natural flavor.

Only 600 bottles (375mL each) will be produced and sold at the distillery and a selection of superlative bars and liquor stores across the USA. The original fine art is painted by local Louisville artist AngryBlue.

“We are privileged to live in America,” said founder Joe Heron. “Blue Sky Mining is meant to reflect and celebrate what really makes America great – the imagination, the invention, that unique ability to dream big and then to actually mine that big blue sky of ideas and make beautiful things happen.”

“Wow, wow, wow – we couldn’t have dreamed this one up,” said head distiller Brandon O’Daniel. “It’s just spectacular, heavenly, easily some of the best liquid to come out of our basement cellar. Muscat de Alexandrie aromatics have always been spectacular, and this is illustrating that beautifully. The larger volume, 80-gallon hogshead, with used Bourbon staves and new American oak heads is a fantastic medium for brandy maturation – incredible polish that lets the fruit shine brightly, whilst still letting the oak impart its typical warmth and layered honey. I wish I could keep this one all to myself!”

Copper & Kings 3 Blue Sky Mining Pure Muscat Brandy (100 proof/50% ABV)

$40 per 375mL bottle

Appearance: Dark fall honey.

Aroma: Luscious tropical notes – melon, hibiscus. Quite bright with hints of roses.

Taste: Nice Muscat fresh grape juice, with a touch of ripe, bruised peach. Lightly spicy and lively.

Finish: Gorgeous creamy mouthfeel, silky with a lingering faint sweetness.