I believe the reports about the high rye mashbill #2. The high rye mashbill really shows in the nose and on the tongue.
Color: in the glass: new copper penny orange-red. You can see it in the bottle too. A lovely reddish bronze.
|Rock Hill Farms bourbon is a lovely copper red color.|
Entry is off dry with both corn and rye sugars gently showing at the end of the entry, which is quite reserved. The texture is silky with a full mouth feel. The midpalate expansion is rich with peppery herbal rye, honeyed sugar maple, sandalwood, black pepper, and plant sap. This is a big flavor. There's a tropical fruit aspect in this midpalate sugar and rye-spice medley. I've seen it called "papaya". It think it is more of a pineapple upside down cake with some banana and tobacco mixed in. Sure enough, smokey savory notes join the black pepper and a cognac-like rancio in the turn to the finish. Elegant, complex, and filigreed at the end. There is oak, char, and sandalwood incense in the finish which is long and drying (but not unpleasantly so). There are wood tannins which show up more as a feeling than a flavor.
|Cool label is a plastic sticker.|
This is a strong assertive whiskey. For folks who love the richness of the bourbon flavor profile this will be treasured dram. Folks who find bourbon a bit hot and strident will find this a bit much. I'm definitely in the former camp. This is in my top 10 regular issue bourbons.
Value notes: Rock Hill Farms is $44.99 at Shopper's Vineyard at the time of writing. I've seen it as low as $38 down South. It's 65 pounds in the UK. This puts it at the higher end of the price scale for bourbons (For example 4 Roses Single Barrel is $32 at Shopper's Vineyard). I'll state right now that this particular refined flavor profile is worth it in my book. It has tough competition from the aforementioned Four Roses Single Barrel, as well as other fine bourbons in this price range such as Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit, Eagle Rare 17, Elijah Craig 18, and others. However I find that Rock Hill Farms brings something different and valid to the table in its clean, elegant, semi-dry rye forward balance. It stands its ground well at this price point in my opinion.
|notice the cork on the decanter top, at left|
|Sealing 5 samples for the experiement|