First Cut

Copperworks First Cut

The most delicious portion of Copperworks whiskey comes out of the still after the distiller makes the “first cut.”

Get the first cut at special releases and the only cut at an exclusive whiskey release

In distilling, the best-tasting whiskey begins to flow from the still when the distiller makes the “first cut.” Like you, the distiller doesn’t want to miss the opportunity to capture that precious spirit. So we created Copperworks First Cut.

Advance Purchase and Exclusive Whiskey

First Cut subscribers will be able to buy any of our new releases, standard or special limited editions, one week before they’re available to the public. And you’ll receive one bottle of a special single cask release of Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey exclusive to First Cut subscribers.

How it Works

For a one-time fee of $120 (not including shipping), Copperworks First Cut 2019 subscribers will receive:

  • Exclusive Whiskey Release: one bottle of a special single cask release of Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey, exclusive to First Cut subscribers. Only 120 bottles will be released.
  • Ability to purchase first: throughout 2019, you’ll have the opportunity to order all new releases of Copperworks products 7 days before they’re available to the general public. You’ll receive an email message with a link to a special page in our online store where you can choose in-store pickup or have bottles shipped to you (where state laws allow).

About the First Cut 2019 Whiskey Release

Copperworks First Cut 2019 subscribers will an exclusive release of Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey.

Tasting Notes: First aromas are rum-like with whiffs of cedar, dried figs, and herbs. After sitting in the glass, aromas of baking spices, molasses, and nutmeg take this whiskey into a Thanksgiving pie direction. The flavor delivers on the baking spices and dried fruits, then continues into more savory herbs, like thyme. At cask strength, finish is dry, with flavors of orange peel, suede, and lingering ripe mango flavors.

Production Details: This first release of our First Cut exclusive whiskey (R019) is made from 100% Washington-grown malted barley and bottled at a cask strength of 62.2% ABV. This special release has matured in a full-size, new American Oak barrel (Cask #79) with a heavy (#4) char for 3.5 years.

In Time for the Holidays

Customers who purchase First Cut 2019 before noon, December 13, 2018 can expect to receive the exclusive whiskey release and a card indicating your First Cut status by December 24, 2018. If this is gift, you can give just the whiskey or give the full First Cut subscription.

To Purchase

Please visit our online store to purchase First Cut. Cost is $120 (does not include shipping of the special whiskey release or any advance purchases made in 2019. See shipping fees.)

To give First Cut as a gift: put the name and e-mail address of the intended recipient in the “Add special instructions” box on the “Your cart” page of the online store. And put the recipient’s name and physical address for the Shipping Address.

Price: $120 (not including shipping)

For more details on Copperworks First Cut, please see FAQ.


  • Copperworks is able to ship spirits ordered online only to those states which allow it (see shipping info for details). We’re not able to ship outside the United States.
  • If state shipping laws change and Copperworks loses the ability to ship to a customer’s state before we’ve sent the First Cut-exclusive bottle of whiskey, we will refund the entire First Cut purchase price of $120. If the customer has received the exclusive bottle, but shipping laws change and no longer allow shipping of liquor into their state, no refunds will be made.
  • There’s no limit on how many First Cut subscriptions you can buy, but each subscription is limited to one bottle of the special release.
  • Purchasing First Cut does not guarantee the availability of new releases for advance purchase. Releases are available while supply lasts.
  • Only bottles of Copperworks spirits can be ordered for in-store pick-up. All other products can be bought while in store picking up your bottle(s).