Copper Fox Rye Whisky
Added on Sunday, Apr 4, 2010 at 10:27 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 1 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Rye
  ABV: 45.00 % Region: Virginia
  Price: $50 Availability: Specialty Stores
2/3 Rye, 1/3 Hand Malted Barley. Check Copper Fox's website for info on how this unique whisky (Copper Fox spells "whisky" without the "e") is malted and aged, it's too complicated to include here.
Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 
The nose immediately reminds me of something I've had before -- and I think about it for a moment -- and you know what it was? A couple of Rick Wasmund's other whiskies (single malts). My guess is that it's from the woodchips that he uses? It's a very distinctive scent of cidermill with spiced cake (carrot cake) and cedar-ish hints. 

Palate... hmmm. Moderately sweet, with moderate levels of nutmeg, cinnamon, wisps of steak spices. Some apples and hints of gingerbread, and I swear I get carrots again. Overall it's a rather easy-drinker. 

Finish is mild but rather lengthy.  Maybe a tinge of sweet-ish smoke in the end.

After sipping for a while -- maybe about 15-20 minutes -- it gets a little too woody and almost cedary (maybe that's applewood, but I'm not familiar with that wood) in the mouth, and I wish it didn't.  But then, it opens up further, and oh! Now it's nice and sweet and tasty. The wood is still there, but in a nice, chewy way. Dare I say a delicious party whisky? Yep, I said it. Turns into a caramel apple dusted with Christmas spice. Take your time with this, and all is well.
 
(Bottled Dec. 08 '09)
 
Sku
 
The nose is similar to Wasmund's Single Malt with the fruit wood in the forefront. There's also a fresh leather scent (new couch?). There's only the smallest hint of rye on the nose. The first taste is of pine with a few off notes, an acrid, furniture polish sort of thing.   There is a slight rye flavor later on, but the rye spice is most discernible in the finish, which also has some sweet fruit, almost sherry like attributes. 

This one is all over the place flavor wise.   The combination of the raw youth (14 months) and the fruit wood makes this a bit stand-offish, though like all of Copper Fox's whiskies, it's certainly interesting. 

(Bottled July 29 2009)  
Chris
 

N: Very spicy, floral, rye with traces of cinnamon stick and some clove (oregano?).

P: Oily and quite dry, very organic and peculiar.  Considerable wood.
F: The funky and tasty green spicefest continues in the finish, which more traditional rye spice only emerging at the end.
I alternate between thinking this is a standout oddball and thinking the woodiness gets a bit too much.  I'm surely enjoying drinking it so I'll settle on B for now.  I think there are some special flavors here, I would love to try some single casks from this source.

 
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