Rabbit Hole Cavehill Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky , USA
Tasted October 8, 2021
Sweet grain, honey, and dry walnuts on the nose with light floral vanilla. Honey, sweet grain, and then oak and an explosion of spicy rye flavors (can't believe there is no rye in the mashbill!) builds in the mouth--spicy grass, pepper, mint and nettles make for a tingling mouthfeel that is rich and coating. Finish drops quickly from that spicy peak, moderating into port red fruit and sweet corn, but that spice tingle doesn't totally disappear. Rich, full, with a lot of complex (even contradictory) flavors spinning around that spicy central column. Had I not known, I'd swear this was a high rye bourbon finished in a red wine, sherry, or Port barrel. And I say that as a GOOD thing. With ice, that spicy core and finish dulls, and the flavor softens to reflect more closely the corn and malted barley mashbill... and its 2 year age. Still good, just less intense and bare-knuckled. Maybe more 4.25. It's a young bourbon, which may explain the spice (or "harshness") that other reviewers critique. Point taken, especially given the price point. But I'm still intrigued and willing to score it high for what's there. Imagine another 2 years (or more) in oak!!! Lots of built up expectations from the Distiller pro's review (partly why I bought this bottle), but this bourbon really lives up to that hype. Higher ABV is a plus too. Crystal glass or camping cup, this is a beautiful whiskey to be savored neat.