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  1. #1
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    Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    I saw this today for around $16.00. Never tried it.

    Is it better than the usual bottom shelf E.D. drinkers, or is it a cut above?

    Cute name, wine shaped bottle. Gimmicky? What do you think?
    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.

    It is certainly drinkable. Not great, but not bad at all. Give it a chance.

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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    I can get OGD BiB for the same price.

    Are the similar? I think the proofs are about the same.
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alden View Post
    I can get OGD BiB for the same price.

    Are the similar? I think the proofs are about the same.
    Not really. OGD is Beam. FC is Heaven Hill. OGD is likely around 4 years old. FC is at least 6 years old. Both are decent, but not remarkable pours.

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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    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.
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    Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alden View Post
    I can get OGD BiB for the same price.

    Are the similar? I think the proofs are about the same.
    Buy them both and do a side by side tasting.
    I'm working through my first bottle of FC. IMO it's very good considering the low price point, 103 proof and 6 year statement.

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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alden View Post
    I can get OGD BiB for the same price.

    Are the similar? I think the proofs are about the same.
    IMHO opinion, similar in quality (with a nod to the OGD) but very different in flavor. FC is sweet-sweet controlled heat with a little spice whereas OGD in my experience has a dryer and more rye intensive flavor / spice to it.
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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    My experience found it to be a hot spicy bourbon with lots of burn on the finish. It's not my idea of a great (or even value) bourbon, but your mileage may vary.

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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    I think it's a pretty good bourbon. Decent substitute for Old Ezra 101.
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    Re: Somebody give me the lowdown on Fighting Cock.

    FC is great stuff for the price. 103 proof, 6 yr age statement, sweet up front with rye spice in the mid/finish.

    Waaay better then the name/price would suggest.

 

 

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