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Evaluation: Hen Cock Island Rooster Rye


The newest Hen Cock launch has arrived: Island Rooster, a Kentucky straight rye (95% rye, 5% barley) completed in Caribbean rum casks for six months. No age data on the bottom spirit, nonetheless.

The outcomes are decidedly unusual — and so they distinctly lean towards the rum aspect of the fence. The nostril may be very floral, nearly to the exclusion of anything apart from barrel char. It’s a troublesome notice to position — lilac and lavender, then an extracted molasses notice. The palate is equally odd and barely off-putting: very candy and floral, with a cane syrup notice laid on thick. The whiskey — straightforward to overlook it’s a whiskey, not rum — is a bit gritty because it develops on the tongue, extra molasses exhibiting alongside vanilla, brown butter, and a creosote notice that adheres to the roof of the mouth for ages. The end concludes with a extra tropical rum character combined with an oxidized wine notice, nearly sherry-like at occasions — and all laid on a bit thick ultimately.

There’s a ton occurring on this bottle — and each the primary and remaining calculus land far an excessive amount of in rum’s wheelhouse for me to get very enthusiastic about it.

95 proof.

B- / $200 / chickencockwhiskey.com 

Hen Cock Island Rooster Rye

$200

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