Hooten Young American Whiskey Aged 12 Years (Batch No. 1)


Classification: American Whiskey

Company: Hooten & Young Wine & Spirits

Distillery: Undisclosed

Release Date: Ongoing

Proof: 92

Age: 12 Years

Mashbill: 99% Corn, 1% Barley

Color: Dark Honey

MSRP: $90 (2021)

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Fresh Apple | Stewed apple | Bubble gum | Fig | Plum | Nimble & expressive


Apple | Strawberry | Cherry | Sherry | Bubble gum | Mild oak


Agave | Grape | Floral | Light dryness on the backend


Hooten Young was founded by former Special Operations Soldier, Master Sgt. Norm Hooten and Tim Young. If you’ve seen the movie Black Hawk Down, then you may remember Hooten as Eric Bana’s character. The duo created Hooten & Young Wine & Spirits as a tribute to “brave men and women of the armed forces who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.”

Joined by Master Sommelier George Miliotes, who is one of only 268 master sommeliers in the world, they created Hooten Young American Whiskey. The brand utilizes a 99% corn whiskey as their base, before putting it in an undisclosed type of second fill American oak barrels for a total of 12 years. The resulting whiskey is a breath of fresh air. Medium bodied, fruity, and featuring delicate layers of oak, the flavors have combined to create a whiskey that is quite endearing. Leaning on a sweet flavor profile that’s fiercely fruit focused, and is the opposite of bold. Easy sipping and elegant in its delivery, this whiskey was a marvel to explore.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Eric Hasman

February 22, 2021
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