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  1. #11
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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    Worth the money for sure, but it's 13.99 around here. HH Old Style White BIB 6yo is better and cheaper, but not available in MO.

  2. #12
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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    It's a good solid bourbon 6yr age stated 103prf,quite a bit of value for what it is.You don't have many choices in this price category and this is one that is truly worth it,I to agree that HH BIB 6yr is better but not available here either.
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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    Quote Originally Posted by CoMobourbon View Post
    Very much not gimmicky. It's just good 6 year 103 proof rye bourbon with a simple sweet-sometimes-a-little-spicy flavor profile and a low price. Nothing spectacular, but a good/great value depending on your preferences. Regarding the whole "bottom-shelf" question, I would describe it as a good value bourbon. Noticeabely better than the very solid / high value EW black, if that provides any reference point.

    In short, the gimmicky-seeming name / brand belies respectable stuff.
    I agree with everything you just said. I have never been a fan of HH products, but this is very decent, with good proof, good age, and nothing offensive in the taste. As noted elsewhere, it is a bit hot, even with water, but I would prefer that to some other attributes that bottom shelf bourbons often have (oily, unbalanced, grassy, etc.)
    Hope is subversive, for it limits the grandiose pretensions of the present by calling into existence the possibility of something better.

  4. #14
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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    I think I read a couple years ago that Fighting Cock is a wheater.
    Can anybody say for sure what the FC mashbill is?

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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    Quote Originally Posted by Richnimrod View Post
    I think I read a couple years ago that Fighting Cock is a wheater.
    Can anybody say for sure what the FC mashbill is?
    It's definately not a wheater. There's no evidence besides ill-informed marketing puffery that FC is anything other than the standard HH rye-recipe mashbill. This was discussed in another thread a while back, but I'm too lazy to find it right now.
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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    Fighting Cock is Heaven Hill's standard rye-recipe bourbon, the same basic juice as Evan Williams and Elijah Craig. Assuming it still has its age statement, it is six years old. That and its high proof make it a good value. My only caveat would be that the brand's profile is deliberately hot, for people who believe whiskey should burn a little going down. That's not a flaw, it's made that way on purpose, so if you like a milder and better-tempered bourbon, stay away from Fighting Cock.

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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    I'm a big fan of FC 103. I just finished a bottle the other day. It seemed to me that the most recent bottle had less heat, and more sweetness than I remember from the past. I may buck the trend here, and say I like it just a little more than HH BIB 6 year old. Actually I think they are both very good.

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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    I like FC very well on the rocks. Oddly enough I don't care for it as much when mixed. It's a little sweet.

    I must admit I thin FC wipes the floor with JD and JB.

  9. #19
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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    I'll pick up a bottle of this next time I'm in that store.

    Sounds pretty good.

    Hot and sweet, just like I like my women.

    He made himself another drink and thought how much better the Perrier was than anything else you could put in whisky... Hemingway

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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    Alden you are my hero.

    Seems like you pick up a couple of bottles of good bourbon almost every day! And what a terrific range of whiskey!

    I am often drinking vicariously through you! Party on man.

 

 

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