Back in full health and back into bourbon blogging – with a well regarded single barrel no less in Rock Hill Farms.
I think I may have tried one this a few months ago when checking out a (then) new bar in my neighborhood which was rumored to have an extensive bourbon menu. While the bourbon listing was a little diappointing compared to my lofty expectations, I do recall seeing Rock Hill there and at least discussing it with the bartender, if not drinking it. Either way, I’ve got a bottle of it with me now so I can give it a fresh eye.
From a little internet-research, it seems Rock Hill Farms is produced by the Buffalo Trace Distillery, and that’s a good thing. Buffalo Trace is one of the more forward-looking producers these days, or at least their numerous experimental varieties often seem to make their way into my path every now and then with pleasing results. Without any further delay, here we go.
– 100 proof
– Made by Buffalo Trace
The Rock Hill Farms bottle really tries to get across the familiar/cliched sense of Kentucky class. On the one hand, the short square bottle, rounded top corners, and large glass bulb for the stopper make this a bottle that implies it should be placed in a display case. The gold-painted, etched-glass illustrations of horses trotting about, on the other hand, place this bourbon firmly among the bluegrass.
There is nothing in the way of descriptive text on the bottle, just the gold and the horses. Presumably the bottle is supposed to speak for itself. I appreciate this in as far as I find most descriptive text on whiskey bottles to be tiresome at best, but there’s also something a little conceited about the whole presentation. We’ll see if it lives up to it.
A very pleasant nose to this one – smooth, a bit of maple, and wood that’s been out in the sun for a few years. On tasting it, there’s a very full mouth feel and pretty heavy wood right off the bat. This really lingers on the tongue for a while and develops into a buttered popcorn then a touch of butterscotch and ending with a hint of fresh-cut grass, but really not very sweet for a bourbon.
Fortunately, Rock Hill Farms is not nearly as woody as the Elijah Craig single barrel I tasted a while ago. It is definitely not messing around though. This is a luxurious bourbon with a very full flavor that sticks with you for a while. It’s not my favorite, but it’s definitely going to find its way into my glass again.