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Rabbit Hole Cavehill 4-Grain Bourbon Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Jim Knudsen1 Comment


As with all good stories, this one starts with love. I met Heather while living in Chicago. …She pulled me down a rabbit hole I might never have dared alone, to the countryside of Kentucky, the progressive vibrancy of Louisville, and, inevitably, to Bourbon.Kaveh Zamanian. Whiskey Maker & CEO - Rabbit Hole Distillery
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Rabbit Hole Cavehill 4-Grain Bourbon


  • DISTILLER: Rabbit Hole Distillery
  • MASH BILL: 70% Corn  | 10% Malted Wheat | 10% Honey Malted Barley |  10% Malted Barley
  • Cooperage: Hand crafted oak barrels by Kelvin Cooperage, char level not disclosed
  • AGE: 3+ years
  • YEAR: 2020
  • PROOF: 95 Proof (47.5% ABV)
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • BUY ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com

NOSE: Sweet Corn  |   Toasted Grain  |  Orange Peel  |  Toffee

TASTE: Corn  |  Hot Spice  |  Toffee Sweatness  |  Green Grass

FINISH: Medium finish, Alcohol Hotness, Grain, with some Oak

SHARE WITH: Curious bourbon drinkers, interested in a unique four-grain expression.  Early in the tasting, not a closer.

WORTH THE PRICE: I think $60 is a high price for this very young expression.  It has some interesting notes but is not at the level of some excellent bourbons at and even below this price point.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: At this price, I would put this one in the Bar category.  A good idea to try it before you buy.  I could see some people being attracted to some of the interesting flavors and sweetness in this young expression.  For me, it is outside of my preferred tasting profile.   I say that this bourbon is definitely not a bust.

OVERALL: This is a rebranding of the original Rabbit Hole Straight Kentucky Bourbon reviewed in 2018 by Matt Self and Pops (Rabbit Hole Bourbon Whiskey).  A young bourbon without the complexity you would expect from the mash bill.  Definitely drinkable with some interesting flavors, would be curious to try an older version of this bourbon.  I believe it has some elements that would benefit from more time in the barrel.

All that being said, after being acquired by to Pernod Ricard when they rebranded this product they added another $5 to the price. I am not sure the “Cavehill”, after Louisville’s historic Cave Hill cemetery, is worth a fin.

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Rabbit Hole Cavehill Four Grain Bourbon Sell Sheet

Disclaimer: Rabbit Hole Distillery provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.

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Jim Knudsen has lived in every region of the United States, traveled the world, and always enjoyed spirits along the way. While he has sampled local spirits in 50 countries on 6 continents, he always comes home to bourbon. Jim is an accomplished global sales and marketing executive, with a degree in Physics from Michigan State University and an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College. Growing up in Michigan, in a household rich with the experience of enjoying drink. He now lives in Georgia with his wife Karen, the love of his life, his personal editor, and style consultant. When not drinking bourbon he likes to golf, reading, and enjoys professional football and boxing. Actually, these are more often enjoyed while drinking bourbon. His four great kids, with families of their own, have blessed him with 6 grandchildren. While coming to bourbon late in life, he is working diligently to catch up.
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Jim Knudsen has lived in every region of the United States, traveled the world, and always enjoyed spirits along the way. While he has sampled local spirits in 50 countries on 6 continents, he always comes home to bourbon. Jim is an accomplished global sales and marketing executive, with a degree in Physics from Michigan State University and an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College. Growing up in Michigan, in a household rich with the experience of enjoying drink. He now lives in Georgia with his wife Karen, the love of his life, his personal editor, and style consultant. When not drinking bourbon he likes to golf, reading, and enjoys professional football and boxing. Actually, these are more often enjoyed while drinking bourbon. His four great kids, with families of their own, have blessed him with 6 grandchildren. While coming to bourbon late in life, he is working diligently to catch up. Read Jim's full profile.

  • Steve Coomes Steve Coomes says:

    Good review, Jim. I’m also looking forward to more complex maturate from Rabbit Hole.