Newest Bourbon Review: Rowan’s Creek Single Barrel Bourbon
Rowan’s Creek Single Barrel Bourbon
Not, just another Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Bourbon! Look, they make great Bourbon and I might as well keep on reviewing them. Rowan’s Creek Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey is hand made in the heart of bourbon country, Bardstown Kentucky. This is a part of their Small Batch collection. This bourbon is a beautiful Single Barrel that is made in very small batches and then bottled with the least amount of filtering possible. Rowan’s Creek is the younger brother of Noah’s Mill, 15 year old Single Barrel Bourbon. They both seem to be a part of the same Mash Bill but, I do not know for sure. Yet, this expression is easily in my top ten of standard production bourbons.
The distiller says: Rowan’s Creek takes its namesake from the creek that still runs through their little distillery. Back in the late 1700’s when John Rowan, a judge and a statesman first settled about these parts, whiskey makin’ was the order of the day. The judge is long since gone but, the creek that still bears his name is still carrying the best limestone spring water that Kentucky has to offer.
To the bourbon:
100.1 Proof Single Barrel
Age: 12 years
Distilled, Aged and Bottled in Kentucky
2011 Gold Medal from San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Batch QBC No. 11-176
The label and the wax upon the topper matches the hue of the stunning liquescent substance from within. They both have a blushing maroon tint to them. The presentation of the bottle is rather simple yet, unique and it even comes with a nice cork topper.
The color is a little darker amber than most bourbons and has just a hint of rosy hue to it.
The first nose right out of the bottle is of oak, light char and corn.
Nose in a glass:
There is nothing more to say other than wonderful! But, I will say that there is some light caramel corn, oak with hints of rye and yeast. Only a hint of the proof comes through with this well-aged expression. The nose is nicely complex and is something that I could simply immerse myself into all day but, the taste is still to come!
Now this is Bourbon! Oily loveliness, this is. The first taste coats your palate with oak (but, not overly so), char, vanilla, rye spice, hint of floral and hidden notes of mint. Second sip has a bit more corn and gives just a slight bit of intensity on the roof of your mouth. The flavors stay on our tongue for a very long time and continue to evolve well after you have swallowed. It is nicely balanced but, not overly complex with unwanted notes. You could enjoy a glass for an hour and not have to refill. That means you could save a bit for me! He He
After a poor showing from Mr. Willett’s Pot Still, Rowan’s Creek revitalizes the title of the best bourbon maker in Kentucky, in my eyes, to Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. This is a fantastic bourbon for the price and just comes in an overall second to its older brother, Noah’s Mill. It is best served neat but, has enough spice that a spot of spring water could open it up a bit. Well, there is not much more to say but, that this is a bourbon that you will just have to try for yourself. But, wives beware, you may just fall in love!
Rowan’s Creek Single Barrel is incredibly balanced with zesty aromatics of honeysuckle and jasmine notes. The mouth-feel is supple but not thick; there’s also a subdued sweetness with just a touch of pepper and no detectable heat. Attractively packaged and reasonably priced.