The revelation of a distinct and wonderful whisky that uses fruitwood peat came to me as I visited many American distilleries with the dream of opening my own. By spring of 2000, I made the journey to Scotland, home of more than 130 distilleries and arguably the best whisky in the world. I came away with new knowledge — and great appreciation of the necessary skill, a reinforced determination, and an offer to intern at Bowmore Distillery on Islay, one of the few distilleries in the world that still malts their own barley. Three years later, Copper Fox Whisky was launched into the marketplace as the first applewood-aged whisky in the world. Our distillery in Sperryville opened in January of 2005, and with it, the first US distillery malt floor and kiln since the repeal of Prohibition.

All of our grains are grown locally by one farmer, and our 6-row Thoroughbred barley was developed for us at Virginia Tech. We floor malt the barley in the traditional style, which allows us to develop and maintain a connection to the grain throughout our entire production process.

Our innovation begins in the kiln, where instead of peat, we use local fruitwoods to gently smoke and dry the grain.

Copper Fox is the only distillery on the planet to mature their whisky with toasted applewood. This process further develops and enhances the flavor of the smoky malt, resulting in a complex and singular flavor experience. 

All of our products are non-chill filtered, allowing the natural oils to deliver to you the rich, full flavor of our grain.


COPPER FOX BOURBON MASH

The third in our innovative “Distiller’s Art Series,” this clear spirit is is bottled at barrel strength prior to aging and is hand crafted from 60% Virginia corn, 20% Virginia wheat and 20% Virginia

barley, and the 20% barley in the mash bill is uniquely smoked with peachwood.

Unlike neutral grain spirits, which are distilled at 190 proof and above, our spirits are hand crafted and carefully distilled at just under 160 proof, utilizing a process which allows the complete essence and flavor of the barley grain to come through.

Enjoy this Bourbon Mash as a foundation for creating marvelous cocktails; substituting it for many other spirits in your favorite recipes. In addition, we invite you to replicate the aging process at home in our new lightly charred American white oak barrels. The cask strength (124 proof) spirit is the best strength to optimize the reaction of spirit and wood.

Delicate peach-wood smoke gives way to a buttered corn nose. Hints of pepper and cinnamon set up tongue for a silky sweet finish. Floral body leaves your mouth salivating for more.