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Age: NAS (no age statement)
How I Drank It: Neat
My Nose Noticed: Sweet, spicy, slightly astringent. Some leather and a hint of roasted marshmallow on the end.
First Sip: Not as sweet as the nose implied; dark chocolate and tobacco. Dry.
The Burn: Upon my first sip I didn’t get much of a burn, however, after a few seconds I noticed a slight burn traveling in reverse, from my chest back up my throat, where it sat until my second sip. Makes me think this would be a good cold weather bourbon.
Neat, Splash or Rocks: Adding a splash of water took away the astringency in the nose and brought out aromas of vanilla and fruit cake, but it diluted the flavors a bit too much for my enjoyment, and it killed the burn. I say keep it neat.
Share With: Friends on a cold evening as the burn will help keep them warm, and Scotch drinkers who are new to bourbon, as the dryness and darker tasting notes remind me of a good Single Malt, but without the peat.
Worth The Price: It’s a tossup. I don’t regret paying what I did (close to $50), but at that price I will likely recommend other bourbons ahead of it.
Bottle, Bar or Bust: Also a tossup. Personally, I say bar. Rock Hill Farms is a good bourbon, but at nearly $50 there are other bourbons in that price range I enjoy more.
Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel is a good bourbon; it just isn’t $50 of good to me – at that price it should be great. I enjoyed drinking it, however, I get the same flavor profile from Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel, but at nearly half the price.