This debut offering from Hudson Valley’s Coppersea, which employs “heritage method” distilling techniques, is surprisingly smooth and complex for an unaged whiskey. Distinct notes of banana and fiery cassia bark mesh with candied citrus peel. Recommended for cocktails in place of white rum or silver Tequila.
89 points, Wine Enthusiast (Sep 2013)
Coppersea uses New York grain (75% rye, 25% malt), mashed in wooden tanks and distilled in direct-fire copper pot stills. This unaged spirit is highly aromatic: hay, sunny meadow, hints of lavender and tansy, honeydew melon. Brilliantly herbal flavors, sweet grass, gobs of white pepper, lemon balm, and a long-lingering sweet heat. Almost more like an eau de vie than a whiskey, with layer upon layer to discover. Heretical thought: this might be wasted on a barrel.
87 points, Whisky Advocate (Summer 2014)