10 years after establishing a unique and independent maker of rare spirits that is managed through virtue, Cooper Spirits has successfully made the oldest and most robust straight rye whiskey. Canadian in origin, Lock Stock & Barrel 16 Year Straight Rye Whiskey is a master distillers’ unfiltered and aged for 16 winters delicacy. Rob Cooper who started the distillery and changed the world with his spirits and cocktails, died early this year at the age of 39 and this whiskey may well be the final chapter of his story.

Double distilled from a rare mash bill of 100 percent rye grain in copper pot stills, this flavorsome 107 proof spirit sits in an elegant black glass bottle with a distinct gold embossed label. Having won Double Gold in this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition, it has been called whiskey of the week by many reviewers. The combination of the quality of farm sourced rye grain, an artisanal distillation process and an explosively intense character, it creates a wondrous balance of taste with a result of a 53.5 percent alcohol by volume.

Producing a warm blanket of aromatics with hints of roasted acorns, wild cherries, dried pear, sour grass, stewed blackberry and sassafras, it carries a fruitiness all the way to the finish with a mix of warm spice. Enjoy this real whiskey man’s whiskey and taste the luxury that available at select retailers starting in late May 2016. With a limited offering of 3,000 cases, it’s best to inquire soon for locations here and secure yourself this luxury in a bottle. Happy flavorings.