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Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
Distilled in Kentucky
Bottled by Rowan’s Creek Distillery
DSP-78, Batch 18-33
$43.99 at Total Wine
Please enjoy my Rowan’s Creek Bourbon Review!
About Rowan’s Creek Bourbon
There isn’t much information out there about Rowan’s Creek Bourbon. According to the label, the bourbon takes its name from Rowan’s Creek, which runs through Willett Distillery. In reality, the creek is down the hill from the distillery, but we’re all friends here, so that’s close enough.? It seems that at one time in the not too distant past Rowan’s Creek Bourbon bore a 12 year age statement; but alas, those days are gone.
The origins of this bourbon and its mash bill(s) are also a mystery, although that mystery has been partially solved. Originally, Rowan’s Creek was made from sourced bourbon, as were all of Willett’s bourbons. The label now states that Rowan’s Creek is distilled, aged and bottled by Willett Distillery, so the origin is no longer a mystery. The bottle I am reviewing however only says that it was “Bottled by Rowan’s Creek Distilling” (a Willett dba), so whether it was distilled all, or in part, or not at all, at Willett is unknown.
Let’s taste it:
🛌 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉Nose: Relatively light with apple, pear, oak, cedar & brown sugar; moderate alcohol
👉Taste: Fairly sweet with flavors of honey & sweet tea; light oak and char
👉Finish: The flavors continue into the finish and fade as some char and tannin build; moderately long with a mild burn
Rowan’s Creek Bourbon is quite different from the Noah’s Mill that I have previously reviewed. I’m honestly not sure how I could get them confused all these years. The packaging is similar, and there is something familiar about them, but they are very different bourbons.
Rowan’s Creek Bourbon is relatively easy to drink for its proof, with some fruit in the nose and quite a bit of sweetness in the taste. Those who might be hesitant of moving to this from something in the 80-90 proof range should not be concerned. For whatever reason the alcohol is surprisingly noticeable in the nose, but no so much elsewhere.
I hope you enjoyed my Rowan’s Creek Bourbon Review! If you would like to read about its higher proof sibling, check out my Noah’s Mill Bourbon Review! Cheers!🥃
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