Rabbit Hole Distillery is wasting no time in releasing a second limited edition whiskey. Hot on the heels of last fall’s inaugural Founder’s Collection release, Boxergrail Cask Strength Rye, another installment is already hitting shelves. This time it’s a 15 year old bourbon, pulled from the sourced stocks of the distillery’s founder, Kaveh Zamanien, and finished for a full year in rare Japanese Mizunara oak. Dubbed Mizunara Founder’s Collection, this one has also been bottled at cask strength and comes with a significant price increase over last year’s release, so be warned. Let’s check it out.
The nose is elegant with silky notes of worn leather, Bananas Foster, and fragrant sandalwood. The hallmarks of older bourbon are prevalent with lots of old wood and warm, baked spices, but there’s also a minty vibrance to the aroma that shines with orchard fruits and candied citrus. The palate is big and rich with a mix of demerara sugar, crème brûlée, hazelnut, and chocolate-covered toffee. All of the contents of the spice cabinet seem to show up in time, along with a bit of cigar wrapper and orange rock candy. The finish is generous with a gentle heat and lingering notes of vanilla frosting and chocolate-covered orange peel.
The price of admission on this release is steep, but bourbon lovers with deep pockets will not be disappointed.