Copperworks Distilling Co. co-owner and president Jason Parker grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky. On December 11, 2021, he was in town visiting family when tornadoes ripped through his hometown, leaving a trail of destruction.
Parker's family and friends are all safe, and most didn't suffer tornado damage. However, one friend's home was demolished, and the Parker family joined in the effort to sort through the rubble.
"The community quickly coalesced into a team with a sense of purpose," said Parker. "We worked with folks we'd never met, doing salvage jobs we'd never done before."
To assist with relief efforts, the Copperworks team will soon offer a special whiskey release, the Copperworks Kentucky Tornado Relief Single Malt Whiskey. Copperworks will donate $40 to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund
for for each of the 430 bottles sold. The whiskey is available to pre-order now, in order to provide the fund with donations as quickly as possible.
The whiskey will be available for shipment or pickup at the distillery in mid-January 2022. It will only be available directly from Copperworks – through its online store
, and in its tasting room on the downtown Seattle waterfront.
“Our benefit whiskey release is intended to help rebuild the thousands of homes in Bowling Green that were damaged or destroyed," said Parker.
To create the benefit whiskey, the Copperworks team blended whiskey matured in ex-Kentucky bourbon barrels with whiskey matured in a new American oak cask (cask no. 270, in honour of the area code for western Kentucky), all distilled to the distillery’s ‘Pale Malt’ recipe and aged for a minimum of 3 years and 9 months.
“We’re pleased to draw upon heritage and flavors of Kentucky bourbon for this important release,” said Parker. “It was critical to me that everything about our relief efforts honored my home. This special benefit release is the first from Copperworks to use whiskey matured in a used Kentucky bourbon barrel.”
The Copperworks Kentucky Tornado Relief American Single Malt Whiskey is priced at $76.49 (without taxes and shipping) and bottled at 50% ABV.