Chicken Cock 10 Year Old Double Barrel Bourbon

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Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Grain & Barrel Spirits

Distillery: Sourced (from MGP Ingredients, Inc.)

Proof: 104

Age: 10 years

Mashbill: 70% Corn, 21% Rye, 9% Malted Barley

MSRP: $250 (2018)

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Grain & Barrel Spirits has revitalized the age old Chicken Cock brand with roots dating back to 1856. I reviewed their first limited edition premium bourbon release about a year ago, a single barrel bourbon in tribute to the 160th anniversary of the brand. The current release shares similarities including mashbill and source of distillation. However, the similarities end there. Chicken Cock 10 Year Old Double Barrel Bourbon is a small batch bourbon, marrying two barrels at a time, with the overall release consisting of a total of 12 barrels, or 6 batches - presumably where the term “double barrel” originated from. Non-chill filtered, the bourbon is described by the company as being proofed down to the “perfect proof.” The total release is made up of 1,980 bottles, and is available in numerous states along with the company’s website.

This bourbon’s flavor flavor profile lives up to the company’s description of it. On the nose are sweet and inviting aromas of honey, vanilla, and a touch of leather. The sip brings further sweetness, enveloping the taste buds in rich caramel, honey, licorice, and light mint. A dab of rye spice comes into play in the finish, followed by a reversion back to sweeter notes leaving a long, sugary-sweet aftertaste. Well-rounded and delicious overall.

This bourbon is, admittedly, very good. At 104 proof it brings a depth of flavor without feeling overly heavy on heat. Instead, it’s balanced, rich, and refined. However, the $250 price tag is something that cannot be overlooked. With only 6 two barrel batches released, I have no doubt it will find a place in today’s marketplace, though I feel this price point will inspire criticism and I’ll simply let you be the judge of its $250 asking price. Despite this, it’s a good whiskey and one that enthusiasts should take note of.

The sample used for this review is from a production bottle and was provided at no cost courtesy of Chicken Cock Whiskey. We thank them for the sample and for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.

Written By: Nick

November 27, 2018
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