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.