Rock Town Bourbon Batch 39

"One thing I really like with these smaller distilleries is that you get to taste all kinds of different styles, away from the standard American repertoire, and also closer to the distilled spirit"

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Apparently the first distillery in the state of Arkansas since the prohibition, and they source their grains for their vodka, rum and whiskey solely from local farmers. The distillery moved to a new location in the town of Little Rock 2018 due to their succes. Their bourbon is matured on site in small charred oak barrels that were locally coopered in Arkansas at Gibbs Brothers Cooperage. As they proudly state: “Our Bourbon is milled, mashed, fermented, distilled, aged, bottled and packaged at the distillery in Little Rock. We’re makers not fakers”. I previously tasted their rye whisky, which was pretty tasteful. So let’s see where their bourbon is at!

Nose

A mix of spices, cereals and fruits. Nice, I find the nose quite tight. Difficult to get more specific notes. Perhaps some drops of water would help? Yes, now it opens up. Sweet, mellow, with lots of sweet corn and roasted marshmallows. Also there are a hint of mint, some sour cherries, perhaps more a warmed up cherry sauce on your desert. All well balanced, but it might be missing a bit more complexity. However, I do get some fainter notes of liquorice, and it tends to become more floral after a while, with violets, a hint of lavender, and roses. Also more fruits, with especially hints cherries, a hint of amaretto, peaches on sirup and gooseberries. Not bad at all, I must say.

Taste

It is fruity, very tasty, and spicy on the palate. I get roasted corn, roasted paprika, roasted pecan nuts, I guess the barbecue has been popular over there. It definitely goes more towards a vegetal side, with aubergines, hot peppers, and chilli sauce. Water brings out more roasted corn, I find it even slightly smoky, like a barbecue, and I get some hot Thai green curry sauce, sour gooseberries, cherries, again the amaretto. It becomes sweeter and fruitier after a while. Very beautiful, and really fun to try.

Overall

One thing I really like with these smaller distilleries is that you get to taste all kinds of different styles, away from the standard American repertoire, and also closer to the distilled spirit. I am not sure I would directly buy a bottle, for that I might just wait a couple of years to let them find their optimal formulation.

What others say

Whiskybase: 85.50 (4 votes)
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Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
40%
Peat/smoke
2%
  • Barbecued veggies
  • Cherry sauce
  • Gooseberries
Nose 86%
Taste 86.5%
Balance 86.5%
Depth 85%
Finish 85%
Score