Well it was time to find another bourbon to try so I scurried (yes scurried) down to the local liquor store to see what was going to be next. After the last two reviews I has going to have to find something that would stand up. Sitting right next to Noah’s Mill was this bottle of Rowan’s Creek. You can tell that it comes from the same people that gave us Noah’s mill by the familiar brown “rustic” style label. This bourbon is named after the creek that “Noah’s Mill” resides on. The creek was the sole source of the limestone filtered water that is used in both Noah’s mill and Rowan’s Creek bourbons (as well as others).
Rowan’s Creek is stored in charred oak barrels Twelve years and it is bottled at 50.05% alc./vol. (100.1 proof). As is Noah’s Mill, Rowan’s Creek is hand bottled in small batches. It is almost as rich and dark a color as it’s bigger brother and you can tell by the smell and assume by its proof that it is a slightly lighter product. This is not a bad thing by any means, it is just different. It’s quite fragrant although not as rich as Noah’s Mill. Expected hits of Caramel, fruit, and vanilla. The taste is less in your face as Noah’s but very smooth and still quite rich. The taste has vanilla, smoke, oak, leather, some pear, lemon, and floral notes. Very drinkable with a medium body. It’s not as super charged as Noah’s so have a few (like you don’t have a few Noah’s?). I think I paid $30.00 a 750ml so it is a little bit more affordable than buying the big costly bourbons like Bookers and Noah’s. This is one that I’ll keep around. Less kick that the high octane Noah’s but keeps the high quality standards of its sibling. Very nice.
I think I’ll try and track down some of this next.