Review: Rowan’s Creek Bourbon

Review: Rowan’s Creek Bourbon


Happened upon this bottle of Rowan’s Creek Bourbon at my local liquor store and was intrigued by the almost scrawled logo on the label and hand-numbered coding. Some thoughts on what’s inside.

At 100.1 proof, it’s a hot whiskey and needs a bit of water to bring out anything other than heavy alcoholic characteristics.

With water, it shines. It’s a classic bourbon, aged 12 years in charred oak, a deep bronze in color, and almost textbook in its flavor. Vanilla is hefty on the nose and the palate, with a touch of herbs on the finish and the slightest amount of bitterness, too. Not bad at all, and worth a try, especially if you can find a good deal. Shopping around I’m seeing it on sale for anywhere between $30 and $80 a bottle (but $50 here). I’d snap this up at $30, but shy away in favor of something like Knob Creek ($26) or Basil Hayden’s ($40) once you climb above those levels.


Rowan's Creek Bourbon





  1. Vincent Morabito on July 15, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Basil Hayden’s? Seriously? Not even in the same taste universe as Rowan’s Creek-which is fabulous. Not close in any way, shape, or form flavor wise.

    • Christopher Null on July 16, 2021 at 9:32 am

      Probably a fair comment. In my defense that was written 13 years ago and a lot has changed since then.

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