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Review: Rabbit Hole Mizunara Founder’s Collection Bourbon 15 Years Old

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.

114.2 proof.


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Drew Beard

Drew Beard is Assistant Editor and Social Media Manager for Drinkhacker. He has studied and written about beer, whisk(e)y, and other spirits since he first started drinking them, earning several booze-related merit badges along the way, including Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward. In addition to his work with Drinkhacker, Drew is also Spirits Editor for Santé Magazine. A recovering Federal government employee, he is happy to have finally found a career where it is acceptable to drink on the job.

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