Top 50 innovative spirits launches of 2016: 30-21

26th January, 2017 by Annie Hayes

22. 3 Marlenas Tequila Barrel Aged Apple Brandy

Kentucky-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Company released this apple brandy in August, matured for two years in former Tequila barrels.

“This is quite a restless spirit,” said founder Joe Heron. “It has a little “Thelma & Louise” rebelliousness, long-limbed and sexy. Perhaps the ghost of a wild Frida Kahlo. It’s just a cool interpretation, unusual, adventurous and lots of rock and roll in an Arizona desert.

Flavour-wise, head distiller Brandon O’Daniel says the core spirit “holds its own as the foundation and essence”, letting the Tequila “wrap its arms around it and give it a nice deep, sexy smooch”.
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