Taking advantage of newly legislated Illinois Craft Distillery laws, Jose Hernandez, an architect, and Fred Robinson, a PGA Golf Professional, set out in the summer of 2012 to create their own unique, high-quality spirits.  Starting from scratch, using a 13-gallon stainless steel still, each batch seemed to get better than the prior one.  After many attempts, Jose created a bourbon whiskey and two gin recipes that had their friends and family singing his praises.  The rest, they say, is history. The name Copper Fiddle: Copper Fiddle Distillery uses a handmade copper pot to distil all their spirits. “Fiddle” was from a family heirloom violin made in Chicago in 1906.  As the violin improved with each passing year, so will the taste and smoothness of our bourbon whiskey. We look forward to having you visit and support our small, locally owned business in Lake Zurich, Illinois.  We are your local craft distiller that sources grains from the Midwest and uses equipment made in the U.S.A.  All of our spirits are handmade; grain to bottle, at our facility in Lake Zurich, IL.

Bourbon Whiskey

The best way we can think of to describe Copper Fiddle Distillery Bourbon Whiskey is to paraphrase the old adage that age may result in wisdom, but in taste, our young bourbon whiskey stands up to the old guys. The rich color and exceptional taste comes from the marriage of small toasted charred American white oak barrels and our Midwest-sourced three grain corn based spirit. A random sampling of tasting notes from recent competitions in which we have entered include: “very smooth”, “deep caramel”, “vanilla undertones”, “dark chocolate”, “hints of butterscotch”, “toasty oak flavors” and “lingering finish”. Our Bourbon Whiskey is one-pass distilled in an “old style” American made copper pot still from Arkansas, capturing the hearts of each distillation. While excellent in all of your traditional bourbon whiskey cocktails, we like it neat or on the rocks with a slice of lemon peel. Awarded the Gold Medal by The Fifty Best, New York, NY. Small Batch | Hand Crafted |  46% ALC / VOL | 92 Proof