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Coppersea Bonticou Crag Straight Rye Malt Whisky

This Bonticou Crag Rye is named after the peak overlooking the Coppersea farm.
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Named for the sea of copper stills that dotted New York’s Hudson Valley throughout the 19th century — before Prohibition, the region was a bonafide hub for whiskey distilling — Coppersea Distillery strives to produce spirits in a manner reminiscent of those 19th century New York farmstead distilleries. “We want what we’re doing to be incredibly primitive,” explains Angus MacDonald, owner and master distiller at Coppersea.

At Coppersea Distillery, which is situated near Holy Cross Monastery on a bluff above the Hudson River, “heritage distilling” includes a green malting process which has been little used in the past 300 years. While most distilleries purchase their grain already malted and dried, Coppersea floor malts its grain — all of which is sourced locally — at the distillery and is one of only a handful of distilleries to still use this technique.

This special process allows the grain to sprout over the course of five days, converting starch into precious sugars and enzymes which are needed to feed the yeast that’s added during fermentation. While risky — the grain can mold if left moist for too long — the payoff is big, producing a uniquely aromatic spirit full of fresh, hearty flavor. Coppersea is one of the rare distilleries in the world that malts its grain in-house.

Coppersea uses a fire copper technique, directly firing their still to create flavors that would otherwise be left out in a steam-jacketed distillation. Direct firing allows the mash to caramelize as it cooks, giving Coppersea spirits an enhanced flavor profile that lends itself to a rich mouthfeel and depth of complexity and flavor.

Named after the peak overlooking the Coppersea farm, Bonticou Crag Straight Single Malt Rye is crafted from 100% Hudson Valley rye, sourced directly from the neighboring farms in the Valley. Kilned to a light toast, and mashed in open-top wood fermenters, this malt rye is distilled twice in direct-fired alembic stills. Bonticou Crag straight malt rye is the authentic encapsulation of a late-19th C style New York whisky.

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Bonticou Crag is full and mellow on the palate, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper.

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