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cbsmokin
03-04-2009, 17:37
I have passed this bottle up many times at my local shop. What a mistake that has been. Single barrel 114.5 proof.

I can't describe all the nuances of flavor but I can tell you that I like it a lot.

I did a search (all threads locked) and noticed this tends to be better with some water or ice. I've got mine on ice and I think it is wonderful.

I will be stocking up on this one.

Anyone care to share their experiences?

sku
03-04-2009, 17:50
Does anyone know (or have a theory) as to who made the stuff?

Squash
03-04-2009, 19:43
My bottle says:

"NOAH'S MILL genuine BOURBON whiskey Handmade in the hills of Kentucky"

"This batch of Bourbon was aged
in wooden barrels for Fifteen years
Bottled by hand at 57.15% alc/vol. (114.3 proof)"

"Original - Small Batch Bourbon
Handmade in Kentucky 2-21-92
Aged in new Charred Oak Barrels
Hand bottled in Kentucky 3-30-07
Symbol of Quality - DSP-KY-78
BATCH QBC No 07-41"

"Noah's Mill is a Bourbon of extraordinary
character and smoothness not found among
younger whiskies. It's superior taste
and flavor characteristics are made possible
only from using the very finest quality
ingredients at the outset along with the
long years and patience necessary for
nature to mellow everything to perfection.
We bottle this Bourbon at a strength that
best complements it's age, and we're
sure you'll enjoy it like no other Bourbon."

"Distilled in Kentucky, Bottled by
Noah's Mill Distilling Company
Bardstown, Nelson Co. Kentucky"

All extra capitalizations and other non-standard uses of the English Language are exactly as printed on the bottle.

birdman1099
03-04-2009, 20:16
I did a search (all threads locked) and noticed this tends to be better with some water or ice. I've got mine on ice and I think it is wonderful.





You nailed it right there....

With a splash of water and about ten minutes...., she opens up nicely !!!


I'm glad you finally discovered it !!!!

TNbourbon
03-04-2009, 22:10
This was my first-ever SB.com tasting note, and I disagreed about the ice/dilution:
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=26635&postcount=1
But, that was 5 years ago, and I'd bet it isn't the same bourbon as it was then. Five years ago, well-aged bourbon barrels were a dime a dozen; today, they are premium! Taste profiles change.

OscarV
03-05-2009, 14:59
Noah's Mill brings back memories to me, not ones of long long ago, just about 3 or 4 years ago.
NM is a quarter of KBD's "Small Batch Bourbon" collection.
The other three being Pure Kentucky XO, Kentucky Vintage and Rowan's Creek.
When I first dived into this bourbon adventure I came across this collection.
I read the labels and belived the tales.
I thought they really were made by old craftsmen there at KBD with histories that date back centuries.
But no, it is just second hand bulk whiskey that HH had to much of.
Now then, with that said I am glad I got 'em and drank 'em.
I learned a lot,.. tasting is the best teacher.
Also if you are buying I will drink anyone of those 4.

MissingKY
03-05-2009, 16:00
Oscar, I've usually got a similar attitude towards non-distiller bottlings. I don't buy them, but if someone's pouring them, I'm no snob. However, my dad gave me a bottle of Noah's Mill for Christmas a couple of years ago, and wow, that's a really good whiskey.

I agree with the other posters that it's one that really benefits from some water to open it up, but it doesn't take much. I really love the tobacco/leather flavors that come out in it. It's not in my top 5, but I'll be sad to see my bottle go when I finish it.

-Ethan

OscarV
03-05-2009, 16:10
Don't get wrong, I think it is some of the best KBD has put out.

cbsmokin
03-12-2009, 08:34
Rowan's Creek is on the shelf next to Noah's Mill. I'm thinking I will try it next.

funknik
07-19-2009, 11:13
I'm liking this Noah's Mill quite a bit . . . I tend to avoid non-distiller brands (as many do) because they can tend to be overpriced versions of juice that is easily available elsewhere. This is good stuff, though . . . aside from a slightly unbalanced, heavy rye character, I'm really enjoying this . . . I'm surprised at how woody it is! For an NAS label bourbon, there is tons of wood coming through in the finish -- perhaps a result of great blending of older and newer stock? Anyway, I like it (although I do think it is on the pricey side) and it reminds me very much of OGD 114 (same proof, similar wood character) -- another one that seems old enough to warrant an age statement. OGD 114 is like 1/3 of the price (& I have 4 in da bunker), so I'll probably stick with that for regular drinking, but this definitely works.

I have tried Birdman's ice and/or water and 10 mins trick (as I tend to like my whiskey neat and quick :grin:), but that'll be next on the list.

cowdery
07-19-2009, 12:41
There is nothing wrong with non-distiller producers, so long as the customer understands what he or she is getting. KBD does a lot of bottling for other non-distiller producers but this is one of their own brands. Producers such as KBD are to be commended for making extra-aged bourbons and ryes available when the majors were taking that whiskey and just blending it away. The only reason I tend to avoid them is because profiles tend to be inconsistent, since they have to take what they can get, and because I can usually get something similar at a better price directly from a distiller.

funknik
07-19-2009, 14:37
There is nothing wrong with non-distiller producers, so long as the customer understands what he or she is getting. KBD does a lot of bottling for other non-distiller producers but this is one of their own brands. Producers such as KBD are to be commended for making extra-aged bourbons and ryes available when the majors were taking that whiskey and just blending it away. The only reason I tend to avoid them is because profiles tend to be inconsistent, since they have to take what they can get, and because I can usually get something similar at a better price directly from a distiller.
I think you just perfectly expounded upon my thought, Chuck -- thanks!

TNbourbon
07-19-2009, 16:23
Rowan's Creek 12yo and Noah's Mill 15yo (my first SB.com review!: http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=26635&postcount=1) were reasonable buys when age-stated.
Today, without the ages and with who-knows-what in the bottle, they may as well be another label.

tommyboy38
07-19-2009, 19:08
I enjoyed my Noah's Creek but would have enjoyed it more if it didn't blow it's top in my car on a not so hot day. I think KBD needs better wax. I also have a bottle of Rowan's Creek that cracked it's wax seal sitting on my bar.
I haven't tried it with any water but may try it next served that way. I know a store that has some 15 year age statents on the label and I'm thinking it's a decent price for 16 year old 114 proof whiskey and should get another.

jimibourbonhammered
10-01-2009, 10:32
I finally got around to getting a bottle of this at a decent price ($44) and didn't notice until I got home that it is now NAS. When did this happen and has anyone compared the new with the 15yo? Mine is Batch# 08-129.

wadewood
10-01-2009, 15:12
Specs is the big chain retailer in Houston, probably with about 30 locations. I have been into several and they all recently have a "Manager's Note" below shelf tag on Noah's Mill and Rowan Creek, stating 15 and 12 YO bourbons. I pointed out the fact they were lying but it was wasted on a clueless employee.

Virus_Of_Life
10-04-2009, 23:53
I finally got around to getting a bottle of this at a decent price ($44) and didn't notice until I got home that it is now NAS. When did this happen and has anyone compared the new with the 15yo? Mine is Batch# 08-129.

Its been about two years now since I first saw some of the NAS stuff in the Midwest - I was out there working at the time. I am kicking myself for not getting more of the Age Stated of this as well as the others in the collection.