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  1. #61
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    Re: BOTM 6/10: Fighting Cock

    Someone gave me a bottle of the FC a couple years ago at Christmas. For the life of me I can't remember how it tasted. Will have to buy a bottle soon and give it a taste test.

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  2. #62

    Re: BOTM 6/10: Fighting Cock

    The name alone gets my vote...yumm

  3. #63
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    Re: BOTM 6/10: Fighting Cock

    I just picked up a bottle of this over the weekend and was quite pleasantly surprised.

    On the nose, big notes of rum, a little varnish, something vaguely Canadian (?!). On the palate, the corn is very forward, it is pretty sweet at the initial attack (with ice, even moreso), but it's a clean, refreshing sweetness. The finish is a little more spicy but not overly drying. The whole thing is very well balanced, I think.

    In the "it reminds me of..." category, the nose reminds me of rum and of some quality Canadians-- CC12, Forty Creek. The initial entry is reminiscent of some older WTRBs.

    Overall, though, it reminds me of a younger, cleaner version of EC12 (the good examples of EC12, that is).

    I think it's a pretty good value for the price. But you need to like them sweet...

  4. #64
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    Re: BOTM 6/10: Fighting Cock

    Good notes, Brisko, thanks.

    I do like sweet bourbons, and I keep meaning to pick a bottle of FC up. But I sent my mom to the liquor store when she was in KY to get me some value bottles I'd never tried, and I fear that the HH BIB (6) and JTS Brown BIB that she picked up for me are basically the same thing. Now I just have to wait to get those bottles from her (she's 600 miles away).
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    Re: BOTM 6/10: Fighting Cock

    Quote Originally Posted by Parkersback View Post
    Good notes, Brisko, thanks.

    I do like sweet bourbons, and I keep meaning to pick a bottle of FC up. But I sent my mom to the liquor store when she was in KY to get me some value bottles I'd never tried, and I fear that the HH BIB (6) and JTS Brown BIB that she picked up for me are basically the same thing. Now I just have to wait to get those bottles from her (she's 600 miles away).
    The HH White Label BiB is older (and better IMO) than the JTS Brown. Otherwise they do have a very similar taste profile. I usually pick up a handle of HH 6 y/o BiB when I go to Kentucky. It's great sipping on the rocks on the back (or front!) porch in the summertime.
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  6. #66

    Re: BOTM 6/10: Fighting Cock

    On Fighting Cock's website, they claim most bourbon is made with wheat, but they use rye, instead, to give their bourbon more of a kick.

    I thought most bourbon was made with rye instead of wheat?

  7. #67
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    Re: BOTM 6/10: Fighting Cock

    Fighting Cock is one of the great bottom shelf whiskies. It's young and sweet but I'm never disappointed with it. Thank goodness it comes at a good high proof. I could easily see them putting it out as an 86 to try to increase sales.
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  8. #68
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    Re: BOTM 6/10: Fighting Cock

    Had the chance to pick up a liter bottle of FC from around 1980 yesterday (still has tax stamp). It states 8 years old. IMHO it is much better than the current offering and has a different flavor profile. The store had about 2 doz bottles left at around $15 each so I plan to go back and get some more. My question: has it always been an HH product?

  9. #69
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    Re: BOTM 6/10: Fighting Cock

    I didn't think it existed in 1980. I thought this was a relatively new creation of HH. Can you snap some photos and post them up?
    If you have anything Michter's or Pennco and would like to sell it or share it with me, please let me know.

  10. #70
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    Re: BOTM 6/10: Fighting Cock

    I can't figure out how to post a picture but I drank in in college in the 70's. Here is a quote from another website.

    "Fighting Cock is an old brand whose history holds some interesting tidbits. According to Sam Cecil, in the mid-'70s "Ben Ripy was operating [the bottling plant at the old Hoffman Distillery in Anderson County], and was bottling the brand Fighting Cock as well as some private brands for Julian P. Van Winkle III...". In 1983, according to Sally Campbell, Julian purchased the Hoffman Distillery and he operated its bottling plant for nearly twenty years as the Old Commonwealth Distillery (RD#112) until his recent move to Buffalo Trace. Cecil noted that, as of 1968 Hoffman (operating as Ezra Brooks then) was still distilling new whiskey, so it's interesting to speculate what became of it. It might have been the Fighting Cock being bottled (it would have been six to eight years old, depending on what Sam meant by "mid-'70s"). Julian might be able to tell us if he knows where any of the other Hoffman stock went. Or maybe not.

    Whiskey made in 1968 would have been just 15 years old in 1983. Anyway, they weren't bottling Fighting Cock at Hoffman after 1978, because Heaven Hill purchased the brand that year, according to KY attorney general Trey Grayson. I'm positive that the bottles we have certainly don't date back to that time, so they're probably just an older version of the same 6-yr-old FC we don't like today."

    The label is paper and has a tax stamp. The store I bought it from had about five or six cases left. I don't think he has bought any since the early 80s except for cheap stuff that sells locally. Ifg I can figure out how to put a pic I'll do it.

 

 

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