Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. announces the promotion of Head Distiller, Brandon O’Daniel, to Master Distiller.
O’Daniel has been Head Distiller of Copper & Kings since February 2014.
He is a Kentucky-distilling thoroughbred with a bloodline that goes back four generations. His great-grandfather was distilling in the 1920’s, and whose confiscated still is rumored to be the largest in Kentucky history and the condenser “worm” of that still is believed to be stored at a Kentucky historical society. Brandon’s grandfather started in the Kentucky wine business in the 80’s and his family remain in the Kentucky wine business today.
O’Daniel is an award winning wine-maker and viticulturist, and it is this unique wine-making experience and heritage that makes him singularly qualified to distill superb American style brandy in Louisville, Kentucky. His experience as a vintner enables a pedigreed palate and a deep knowledge of fermentation, fruit varietal nuance, blending, quality management and taste profiling.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture and Master’s Degree in Plant and Soil Science with an emphasis in viticulture and oenology from the University of Kentucky.
“Brandon has mastered his craft,” says Copper & Kings founder Joe Heron. “This is not an empty honorific, but reflects the skills and leadership of someone who is amongst the finest distillers of brandy in the world, and we can’t discount his excellent palate, his leadership of a full production team through example and education. We would be remiss in not recognizing him as an inventive alchemist when it comes to innovation – gin, Destillaré cordials, absinthe, bitters, and more to come, we certainly breathe rare air when it comes to relentless innovation, with Brandon making the complex, and arcane, come to life in spirit form.”
“Congratulations to the hardest working dude on the block! Thank you for constantly pushing us to be better, and teaching the team. It’s a pleasure working with you sir,” says Copper & Kings assistant distiller, Travis Thompson.
Copper & Kings American Brandy, Gin and Absinthe are double-distilled exclusively in copper pot-stills, and are non-chill filtered, with no post-distillation infusion of boisé (oak flavor or infusion), other flavors, or caramel color for an uncorrupted, authentic, natural flavor, nose and color. The distillery also produces a line of copper pot-distilled liqueurs called Destillaré within the following portfolio of fine distilled spirits:
Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy (90 proof/45% ABV) – $35/750 mL
Copper & Kings Floodwall Apple Brandy (90 proof/45% ABV) – $40/750 mL
Copper & Kings American Butchertown Brandy (124 proof/45% ABV)- $60/750 mL
Copper & Kings CR&FTWERK Beer Barrel Aged Brandy(111 proof/55.5% ABV) $40/750 mL
Copper & Kings American Dry Gin (92 proof/46% ABV) $35 / 750mL
Copper & Kings American Old Tom Gin (100 proof/50% ABV) $40 / 750mL
Copper & Kings The Moons Of Juniper Dry Gin (96 proof/48% ABV) $40 / 750mL
Copper & Kings 1495 Guleders Gin (94 proof/47% ABV) $45 / 750mL
Copper & Kings Immature Brandy (90 proof/45% ABV) – $30/ 750 mL
Copper & Kings Absinthe Blanche (130 proof/65% ABV) – $55/750 mL
Destillaré Intense Orange Curaçao (90 proof/45% ABV) – $35/750 mL