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Whiskey Assessment: Kooper Household Runaway Rye

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What began out as a whiskey-making pastime ultimately turned a courageous new enterprise for Kooper Household Whiskey Firm’s founder and grasp blender husband and spouse group, Troy and Michelle Kooper. Their 100% household owned and operated distillery based mostly in Ledbetter, Texas, began operations in 2012. Three years later, the Koopers sourced their first 175 gallons of unaged whiskey proper off the nonetheless from Koval Distillery in Chicago. After letting it age in Texas for 3 years they then bottled and offered their distillery’s first whiskey expression, Kooper Household 100% Rye Whiskey.

Shortly after that they began experimenting with mixing their very own whiskey with that of one other sourced from Tennessee, which led to the Kooper Household Whiskey Firm changing into the primary conventional whiskey mixing home in Texas. In the end, Troy and Michelle intend to move down their craft of conventional whiskey mixing to future generations of Koopers. 

Kooper Household Runaway Rye is a restricted version straight rye whiskey with a mash invoice of 51% rye, 36% corn, and 13% malt. It was aged for a complete of 8 years and 9 months and matured within the three totally different local weather zones of the American South. The barrels have been first aged for 3 years within the humid subtropical local weather of Tennessee earlier than shifting to the Texas Hill Nation, house of the Kooper Household facility in Dripping Springs, Texas. There it aged for an additional two years in a semi-arid local weather. Its ultimate growing older vacation spot was the humid subtropical local weather of historic Fayette County, Texas, the place it aged for 5 extra years earlier than being bottled at 100 proof.

The Kooper Household Whiskey Firm received two awards within the Greatest Texas Whiskey 2020 season of the Texas Whiskey Pageant. These successful classes included Greatest Bottled/Aged in Texas Bourbon for his or her Kooper Household Whiskey Sweetheart of the Rodeo, endearingly named after Michelle Kooper; and for Bottled/Aged in Texas Rye, Kooper Household Texas Rye.

Kooper Household Runaway Rye was launched in August 2022 with distribution restricted to Texas and California.

Kooper Household Runaway Rye (picture by way of Jennifer Williams/The Whiskey Wash)

Tasting Notes: Kooper Household Runaway Rye

Very important Stats: Aged 8 years, 100 proof (50percentABV), mash invoice: 51% rye, 36% corn, and 13% malt. 750 ml bottle MSRP $70. 

Look: Tawny

Nostril: It has a refreshingly clear, earthy aroma with notes of contemporary lower grass, toffee pudding, citrus, and leather-based. 

Palate: Kooper Household Runaway Rye presents a low burn on the palate with woody, spicy vanilla, and smoky oak flavors that dominate the palate, with undertones of sandalwood, candy raisins, and a touch of tobacco.


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