All the barrels are stacked and the place is packed with whiskey! Black Patch Distillery opened their doors on June 22, 2018, at 500 Lanier Road. A dream that has been over ten years in the making, 20-year Master Distiller Gary Cooper and his family are finally sharing their perfected spirits with the world. Black Patch came into existence in 2008 after Gary created a whiskey recipe specifically for his son Clayton. Clayton was in the Middle East on his first deployment when Gary began his creation in Texas. Gary has since moved to Madison Alabama to be closer to Clayton and is now distilling spirits. Today, he is offering three whiskeys and two agave’s (a.k.a., tequila) that are for sale right now.
The flagship whiskey is a 90 proof bourbon that is clean and simple. There is a 95% rye whiskey, matured in smaller and heavily charred barrels for that smooth and spicy flavor. However, the pièce de résistance is the H.E.A.T. whiskey with a smooth cinnamon flavor. Black Patch makes their own cinnamon candy in-house to blend with an aged whiskey for a flavor not found in other cinnamon whiskeys.
The Órale spirits are the only Platinum 100% Blue Agave nectar made with Gary’s special recipe is the only of its kind in Alabama. Órale Reposado is aged in whiskey barrels that only improve the flavor or the Órale Platinum.
American made and combat-veteran owned this company donates a portion of every single bottle to veteran charities. Clayton sacrificed and lost his leg in combat for our country, but you do not have to sacrifice for this phenomenal flavor. You can visit them now between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 8:00 p.m. on Friday and 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday to try a whiskey flight and see the distilling facility.
Black Patch was a recipient of IDB incentives to begin their manufacturing process and the IDB held their most recent meeting at their new facility to take a tour. It was impressive to learn of the chemistry and exact science behind the distilling process and the Board was quite please knowing they assisted in making the dream of one man a reality for the community.