Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Whisky Advent Day 15: Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey

To kick the week off we have a bourbon from Arkansas... bet you didn't see that coming... unless you read the title.

Rock Town is a distillery from Arkansas (Ar-Ken-Saw not like Kansas) which shares borders with Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Missouri, she shares mighty fine neighbours as they might possibly say (although more likely not). The Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey is a renaming and rebranding of their old Arkansas Young Bourbon which o
ne a heap of spirits awards gold medals. This is aged in small charred oak barrels and bottled at 46% it should be  sweet and powerful

On the nose there is some tropical fruit, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, caramel, a savoury saltiness, pine and cherry. There is something that sits over the top of all this, it seems to calm the sweet notes and draw in a darker and more savoury element that I'm afraid I just can't put my finger on, but it does make this different and very interesting.

On the palate again the sweetness I was expecting isn't there, this is very woody and you are almost getting wood tannins coming through. There are strong spices, almonds, but it is hard to separate anything else off, there is a slight cereal element, but again the same woody savoury element lies over the whiskey. Whilst this isn't unpleasant it is hugely different to any whisk(e)y I've had in the past and so it is hard to categorise, with some water it does sweeten and open a little, however to me it seems as though there is too much wood here and perhaps not long enough for the flavours to mellow... but don't quote me I'm no distiller.

This is very interesting and somewhat nice, but not something that I'd rush out to buy by any means, however if you're looking for something different then I would suggest giving this a try.

Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey is available from Master of Malt for £39.55

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