Kooper Family Barrel Reserve Rye

By Craig Ellis
Author Bio: Craig's love for all things whiskey began when he visited his first distillery, Talisker in 2006. During his free time, he likes to visit distilleries around the globe, planning his travel around these locations. Craig created The Pot Still in 2016 when he first started to collect rare and unusual whiskeys. His whiskey collection has grown and grown since. Craig writes and reviews independently and is not commissioned by any brand or distillery. Craig's views and opinions are his own.
Kooper Family Barrel Reserve Rye

Kooper Family Barrel Reserve Rye

The Kooper Family is based out of Waco, Texas, and they bring together this blend of barrel strength whiskey, made out of mostly 4-year MGP with 6-year Tennessee distillate. They are also part of the new wave of “Texas-style” whiskey. They are a family-owned and operated Whiskey Blending House in the heart of historic Fayette County, Texas. They obsessively practice the art of maturing, finishing, and masterfully blending exceptional one-of-a-kind whiskeys through the use of the world's highest quality oak, the aging power of the Texas climate, and patient dedication to the craft.


The star anise spice going on in the palate keeps me coming back for more and more. I'm fascinated with this whiskey, it keeps me guessing what's going on. Ever since I came across Willett Small Batch Rye, I've been going down the trail of American Rye Whiskey. It's not Willett, but it's still full of flavour and herbal notes.

This bottle was 57% abv, or 114 proof. However, at that strength, it's not that obvious on the palate. There is no astringency or burn to speak of. I am now more fascinated by the idea of what the brutal Texas climate does to the aging process for whiskey. 



Tasting Notes: Kooper Family Barrel Reserve Rye Whiskey Review

Plum and cherry syrup, surprisingly little burn for the proof, a little medicinal and sweetly herbal in the back

This palate is really challenging for me. Medicinal cherry syrup, stone fruit, and a bit of milk chocolate. Strangely, anise. This is incredibly smooth for the proof.

A lingering herbal aftertaste with a mild burn. It really sticks around in the back of the tongue after a few sips

Tags: Rye Whiskey, Kooper Family

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