Rowan's Creek 12 yo Bourbon is another of the small batch bourbons so popular now. This one along with Noah's Mill and Johnny Drum 15 yo (both to be reviewed later) is made by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. What makes it a bit unusual is that it was distilled on 8/11/87 and bottled on 10/27/03, a period of over 16 years but is listed at only 12 years old. Also, the distill date is exactly the same as the bottle of Noah's Mill I have.
To start with this is the most filled bottled I've seen. The bourbon was all the way to the bottom of the cork giving me an extra shot compared to a standard fill. The person who bottled it must have not been paying attention The nose is one filled with fruit, orange, raisens and figs rise out of the glass with something like hay in the far background. The taste confirms the fruitiness but this passes quickly to a sweet maple-like flavor and raisens. Altogether not bad at all. For being 100 proof there isn't much alcohol tingle like one would expect. The finish is faily short but this just leaves you wanting more. A surprising bourbon that I really didn't expect much from, I know better now
I can recommend this bourbon for those looking for something different from the standard Makers Mark (for example). If you like Booker's Bourbon I think you'll like this one too. While not the Holy Grail of Bourbon I'd say buy some if you happen to find it.
I'll be reviewing the Noah's Mill next and I'll be interested in seeing what differences there are cnsidering the distill dates are the same and both are from the same manufacturer.
Edited by AVB, 29 January 2007 - 02:25 PM.