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Chicken Cock 20 Year Cotton Club Rye

  • Distiller:

    Bardstown Bourbon Company

  • Bottler:

    Grain & Barrel Spirits

  • ABV:

    50%

  • Age:

    1 Year 8 Months

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Paste
  • Excerpt: I hesitate to describe the profile as a “crowd pleaser.” Rather, this seems to me like a idiosyncratic profile where the drinker’s opinion on its oaky tones will likely decide whether they like or dislike it—which of course begs the question, would you pay $500 in order to find that out?
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  • Raided Score: 95
  • Publication: Drink Hacker
  • Excerpt: Its inherent sweetness may prevent it from being a whiskey that works perfectly for everyone — and I can fully understand those who might shy away, particularly at this price — but if you give in to the dessert side of things, it’s a rye that I’m confident will win most drinkers over.
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  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: It doesn’t taste much like a rye you’d get from an American distillery. That’s a good thing, but can throw you off if you’re not expecting it. Cotton Club Rye is light and sweet which makes it very approachable. It’s finish is where its age shows itself most, nicely contrasting its bright palate with musty oak and some astringency. It is an easy recommendation for rye lovers looking for something out of the ordinary, but the sticker shock will prohibit most from enjoying it.
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  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: The Whiskey Reviewer
  • Excerpt: Unfortunately, I found Chicken Cock Cotton Club to be an example of how a high age statement doesn’t necessarily lead to a great whiskey. This is not to say this is a bad bottle, far from it. However, one expects to pay a dear price for an ultra-aged whiskey, Cotton Club is no exception, and the contents just aren’t good enough to justify that.
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  • Intro:

    Distilled by an undisclosed distiller, this release is composed of a 20yr Canadian rye that's bottled at 50% ABV for the Chicken Cock Whiskey brand released under Grain & Barrel Spirits.

  • Nose:

    Ultra sweet, packed with honey, butter cream, lavender, sweet tobacco and a touch of white pepper and orange peel.

  • Taste:

    Muted on the palate initially, but blossoms with some time. Honey, pepper, lots of spice, some minty character, it's interesting. Almost faint menthol.

  • Finish:

    Long finish, minty, dry, oaky, and floral.

  • Overall:

    This is a bizarre expression, overtly floral and full of sweet honey, lavender and spice. It's a clear demonstration that age doesn't equal oak, as there's little to no tannin throughout, and this would surely trip up the most dedicated reviewers blind. It doesn't quite jive for me, but thankfully there are many other, extra aged, Canadian ryes on the market.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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