GSN Review: Chicken Cock Double Barrel 10 Year Old Bourbon

Originally established in 1856, in Paris, Kentucky, (ten years before Jack Daniels), Chicken Cock rose to fame as the house whiskey at the Cotton Club, one of the most legendary speakeasies, during Prohibition. Known as “The Famous Old Brand” and “The Whiskey in a Tin Can,” Chicken Cock was smuggled in sealed tin cans and ceremoniously opened tableside. After prohibition ended, the brand enjoyed a resurgent couple of decades before a distillery fire put it out of business for more than 40 years.

The brand’s newest release is a 10-Year-Old Double Barrel Bourbon. Master Distiller and 40+ year veteran Gregg Snyder selected twelve barrels of 10-year-old bourbon, marrying two barrels at a time. Through countless samplings, he determined the “perfect proof” at 104-proof, with a slight amount of pure water to open up the flavors, and non-chill filtered to retain the rich amber colors and exquisite taste profile. Featuring a Pre-prohibition Era Style Bottle with sipping glass cap and a Mash Bill of 70% corn, 21% rye and 9% malted barley, only 1,980 bottles of this coveted expression have been produced.

“From the day I discovered Chicken Cock Whiskey, my goal was to eventually return the brand to its ancestral home,” said Matti Anttila, CEO of Grain & Barrel Spirits. ”The historic brand is now officially 100% back home in Kentucky, a mere 80 miles from Paris, where its story began 162 years ago. The legend of Chicken Cock never died. In fact, we believe that the brand’s best years are still ahead of it.”

Chicken Cock Double Barrel 10 Year Old (104 proof)
Visual: Dark orange.
Nose: Rich, intoxicating aroma of deep bourbon whiskey. A buttery, sweet corn nose that has a dash of peppery spice. Inviting and confident.
Taste: Remarkably smooth even tasted at 52% ABV. There is a softness that cuts the heat, wraps it in a flavor bomb and recasts it on the palate as a fulsome and welcoming experience.  Warm, friendly and eminently accessible.
Finish: Long with a sweet flavor tinted with just a hint of cinnamon.
Overall: Highly recommended as a “go to” whiskey, you had best buy a few bottles when you can. Hopefully, there will be more of this released in the future.
GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Chicken Cock Whiskey

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