Review: Fighting Cock Bourbon

Review: Fighting Cock Bourbon

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One approaches a spirit called “Fighting Cock” with tempered expectations. The name does not suggest smoothness or elegance, but rather an old-school saloon bourbon that will probably encourage you to get into a situation in which you end up bleeding before the night is out.

Fighting Cock is not as scary as it sounds — it’s aged for six years and, though it hits 103 proof, it’s not quite lethal. Yes, it’s a firebreathing, hot whiskey, and you’d be mad to drink this one without water. Frankly, it works best as a mixer.

On its own, once you push past the heat (try a cube of ice), Fighting Cock offers some interesting and unusual character: Heavy on the wood and the charcoal, with just a hint of sweetness in the finish. The sweet is more like a pure sugar character than honey or vanilla. If you like your bourbon on the savory side — more Tennessee in style — this is a good one to try as a change of pace, and at $17.50 a bottle, it’s definitely competitively priced.

103 proof.

B / $17.50 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY] [BUY IT NOW FROM FROOTBAT]

Fighting Cock Bourbon

$17.50
8

Rating

8.0/10

6 Comments

  1. aaron on February 26, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    cool. this is one of my favorites, and i must confess i don’t usually drink it straight. but it fuses/mixes really well with other things.. i think the color and consistency have a little to do with it too, it’s a weird color and a little ‘thicker’ compared to other bourbons…

    FYI, love this site, i’ve bought lots of different drinks based on your reviews… The stuff under $30 anyway ;)..

  2. Eric on August 6, 2009 at 1:53 am

    First..great web site!

    Second, I can’t agree about this whiskey. At first taste, I might agree somewhat with the assessment, but (and I only drink a shot a day) it’s really grown on me over time. I find it to be remarkably smooth for the proof, with a delightful mix of cinnamon and caramel notes. For the price, it’s a nice sipping whiskey. BTW, I recommend it neat–skip the H2O.

  3. Brian Koch on December 12, 2010 at 12:01 am

    wusses, i drink this shit straight every night haha

  4. Harry Gilder on November 29, 2012 at 7:13 am

    The great under rated bourbon – drink it neat!

  5. Jon on February 20, 2013 at 9:08 am

    … at $17.50 a bottle.

    If only! In the UK it’s £29 — that’s $44.

    But, by UK prices, it’s still good value — about the same price as Wild Turkey 101.

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