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ROCK HILL FARMS SINGLE BARREL BOURBON
Age: No Age Statement
Distillery: Rock Hill Farms Distillery at the Leestown Sazerac Distillery
Master Distiller: Harlen Wheatley
If you know me, and you know what I like, then you know that I like Buffalo Trace. The distillery has its act together. From Eagle Rare to Elmer T. Lee, you know a Buffalo Trace bourbon from first sip!
Sadly, as a bartender, I rarely serve this phenomenal bourbon to my guests – either because they hadn’t heard of it, or the price point can be a little off-putting (from $8 to $12 a pour, or as much as $50 a bottle). But with Rock Hill Farms, you get what you pay for: a superior Kentucky Straight Single Barrel whiskey!
Unlike some whiskeys, the bottle is as beautiful as the stuff inside. The bottles are stylized decanters with faux gold leafed horses on the face that makes them as worthy of the bar shelf as a fine vase is worthy of a china cabinet. I mean, just look at it!
And, as I mentioned before, the bottle is only the beginning….
ROCK HILL FARMS SINGLE BARREL BOURBON TASTING NOTES
On nosing, I am surprised to pick up very little ethyl alcohol. Bourbons of this proof and higher tend to warn you of their potency right off the nose. Instead, I am greeted with walnuts, black pepper, dark chocolate, and marshmallow. “Based on the nose alone, this will either be a disaster or a heaven-sent” , I think to myself.
“This is 100 proof?! Either I’m developing a tolerance for bourbon, or this is one of the smoothest and well structured whiskeys I have ever had!”
According to the distillers, Rock Hill Farms is a rye recipe. Also surprising for me, since I’m not a rye guy. There is very little spice kick that is typical of some of the other rye recipes on the market. There is a tingle, but it is pleasant – not punishing.
The first sip is rich with sweet corn. You cant help but smiling to yourself when it hits your palate. It finishes lightly with vanilla, cherry, and oak in a back and forth dance that begs you to take another sip! There are a few fruit notes that are reminiscent of a mild sherry, so there is no shortage of fine flavor here.
Buffalo Trace has consistently produced great whiskey, and that holds true with Rock Hill Farms. I give Rock Hill Farms an A+.
This is a must have! Rock Hill Farms has set the standard for other bourbons of this proof and blend.
Listen, I dont hand out A+ for any old shoddy whiskey. This is a discerning palate, here! And when I say that you need to get your hands on a bottle, do so, taste it, and come back here to thank me in the comments section!
So what do you think? Have you tasted Rock Hill Farms? Leave us a review below with your own thoughts and tasting notes!
P.S. – I have only recently had the pleasure of touring Buffalo Trace. If you haven’t been, get thee to the rickhouses ASAP! The distillery is located at 1001 Wilkinson Blvd. in Frankfort, Kentucky. You can give them a call at (502) 696-5926 for tour hours and rates. Tell them that Bourbon of the Day sent you!