Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: Rabbit Hole Distilling
Distillery: Contract Distilled by an Unknown Source
Mashbill: 70% Corn, 10% Malted Wheat, 10% Honey Malted Barley, 10% Malted Barley
Rabbit Hole Distilling was founded in 2012 by clinical psychologist turned distillery owner Kave Zamamian. With the help of Cameron Talley formerly of Brown-Forman and Wild Turkey, Rabbit Hole Distilling started by both contract distilling their standard bourbon and rye, and sourcing bourbon for their PX Sherry Cask finished product. Unlike sourcing bourbon, contract distilling is the act of hiring another distillery to distill bourbon to your agreed upon specifications. In this case, it is rumored that New Rift Distilling was their contract source, while Rabbit Hole Distilling completes the construction of their new distillery in downtown Louisville.
Sweet notes on the nose consist of vanilla, light caramel and honey, corn oil, and dashes of oak. The bourbon provides a good mouthfeel with an oily coating of sweet corn, light cotton candy, hints of old fashioned Bazooka Joe bubble gum, and candy red maraschino cherries. The palate shows this bourbon definitely younger but not distractingly so. That said, the finish shows its age as it lacks depth. A flash of heat, corn, and oak are present with the sweeter notes from the nose and finish nowhere to be found.
For such a young bourbon, this shows a lot of potential. The nose and palate really highlight its unique mashbill. The finish makes it very clear that it could use more time in the barrel, which makes me all the more intrigued to try this after it has had more time to age. With an up-and-coming distillery and more experience underneath their belt, I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Rabbit Hole Distilling.
The sample used for this review was provided at no cost courtesy of Rabbit Hole Distilling. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.