Rock Hill Farms - wonderful
It doesn't surprise me how great this bourbon is with all the positive comments around this forum and no negative comments I can recall. Even after only one evening of tasting, this easily makes one of my favorites. [Actually the tasting quickly became drinking.]
Molasses and honey flavors abound. The delightful sweet flavor/aroma in this is about 2/3 molasses and 1/3 honey. Itís like somebody threw a shot of super premium rum in my bourbon bottle. If you told me that some of the aging of this had been done in rum casks, I wouldnít be surprised. If I think about it hard enough, I can even detect some sugarcane flavor, but thatís after having drunk several glasses and thinking about it too much. If the wine language/analogy were applied, Iíd say itís not as dry as a WT Rare Breed (which I also like).
Mint. I do detect a tiny hint of mint. Itís not much, but itís just one of many aromas/flavors, most of which Iím not sure I recognize or can pin down.
Oak and smokiness. There is a touch of oak and smokiness. Not too much at all. So Iím guessing that this is not aged for over 12 years???? Or maybe has several vintages mixed??? By comparison, it's not as woody as a PVWFR 20 (which I also like).
Rye. There is a nice flavor of rye mixed in, but there is absolutely no harshness at all.
There is some kind of hint of spring flowers and a hint of some kind of fruit that occurred to me at one point, but too elusive for my taste buds.
Overall, the phrase well-balanced comes to mind. There is always something interesting and pleasant in the flavor from first whiff through to the aftertaste. Because of the balance, I don't care at all to try any Bernheim wheat whiskey mixed in (a common experiment of mine). I may try a single glass with some Distiller's Masterpiece mixed in just to see what the cognac flavor does. But this whiskey is so multi dimensional and balanced that I doubt that it's a great candidate for the vatting mixes that some people on this forum like to try.
I tried it neat, on ice, cut with water, and seriously watered down after I let the ice melt. It was good in all forms.
Finding a whiskey like this is a wonderful reward for finding this forum. :bowdown:
Next step will be a few side by side glass comparions with some of my other favorites. But I'm definitely taking a day off because I had too much last night for a weeknight! :lol: