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Hancock’s President’s Reserve Bourbon Review

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In 1775, the Leestown settlement was established along the banks of the Kentucky River by Willis and Hancock Lee. Soon this became a well-known shipping port for tobacco, hemp and whiskey. The Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey pays tribute to the pioneering spirit of Hancock Lee.
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Hancock’s President’s Reserve Bourbon


  • DISTILLER: Buffalo Trace Distillery
  • MASH BILL: Buffalo Trace mash bill #2 – the high rye mash bill
  • AGE: NAS – No Age Statement
  • YEAR: 2017
  • PROOF: 88.9 (44.45% ABV)
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • BUY ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com
NOSE: Strawberries | Vanilla

TASTE: Vanilla

FINISH: There wasn’t much finish on this at all. A vanilla lingering in the mouth and towards the end of the pour a slight chest warming.

SHARE WITH: I would share this with anyone who enjoys bourbon.

WORTH THE PRICE: I paid $57.99 for this bottle. I would buy Blanton’s, Rock Hill Farms or Elmer T. Lee before I would buy this again.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Try it in a bar before you buy.

OVERALL: Hancock’s Reserve is the poor cousin of the Buffalo Trace Mash bill #2 line. You won’t find much information on the bottle label, nor is there anything about Hancock’s Reserve on the Buffalo Trace Distillery web site.  It can be found on the website greatbourbon.com, a site run by the Sazerac Company.  Hard to find, I had once had a pour of it in Nashville a few years ago and recently came across it during a drive through eastern Tennessee.

When I had my first pour of this, my thought was there is nothing here. Not much nose, taste or finish. But I enjoyed it. I waited a week and came back to it. The second time around I got a nose that reminded me of those strawberry shortcake ice cream bars I used to get from the Good Humor Man as a kid (for a quarter!). I enjoyed sipping it. It is a nice tasting bourbon but comes in behind Rock Hill Farms, Elmer T. Lee and Blanton’s in the lineup.

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In 1775, the Leestown settlement was established along the banks of the Kentucky River by Willis and Hancock Lee. Soon this became a well-known shipping port for tobacco, hemp and whiskey. The Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey pays tribute to the pioneering spirit of Hancock Lee.

Tasting Notes
This Single Barrel bourbon whiskey is deep amber in color. The nose is light and sweet with traces of mango and papaya. The body is full and the palate shows a nice balance of honey, clover, fruit and a dash of spice. The finish is long and warm.




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Lee Stang

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Lee’s bourbon journey started with one mistaken gulp of bourbon and coke as an eight-year-old. While bourbon was always part of his life, Lee followed a beer, wine path for the most part until a bartender poured him a taste of Buffalo Trace about ten years ago. It was at that point Lee’s love of bourbon really took off. Not only does Lee enjoy a good pour of bourbon but he is more than willing and excited to talk about it. Lee believes that bourbon, and for that matter all spirits, is enhanced by the experience of good company, good conversation and good bars. The combination leads to great stories. Say hi to him when you see him. Lee lives in Leesburg, VA, with his wife, best friend, and drinking partner, Patti. You might find her having a bourbon as well. Both Lee and Patti like to read mystery thrillers and travel. Most likely the travel leads to visits to new bars.