Brandon O’Daniel of Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. has been named to Wine Enthusiast magazine’s ‘40 Under 40’ for 2016.
The list of spirits tastemakers is compiled each year. O’Daniel, the 37-year-old head distiller at Copper & Kings, makes the list alongside sommeliers, brewers and beverage experts from around the country.
Wine Enthusiast says, “Brandy’s comeback in the U.S. can largely be credited to Copper & Kings. With O’Daniel at the helm, the environmentally friendly Louisville distillery lets the fruit take center stage. Armed with a master’s degree in plant and soil science from the University of Kentucky, O’Daniel turns out additive-free grape and apple brandies with expressive, natural aromatics and rich flavors, thanks to various Kentucky Bourbon barrel- and Sherry cask-finishes. An American apple brandy aged in Tequila barrels, 3 Marlenas, is scheduled for release this fall.”
See the full list and profiles here: http://www.winemag.com/category/top-40-under-40-taste-makers-2016.