Hooten & Young 12yr American Whiskey Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Hooten & Young 12yr American Whiskey

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  • Distiller:

    MGP

  • Bottler:

    Hooten & Young

  • ABV:

    46%

  • Age:

    12 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
Synopsis:

Apple pie meets maple syrup and cocktail nuts - Hooten & Young's American Whiskey is a bottling that expresses plenty of fruit, maple, brown sugar, tobacco and a unique experience. It excels in delivering a unique profile from MGP, which can be quite mundane at times, though it's not likely to be the most heavy hitting of bottles in your collection.

  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: Where new charred oak casks usually impart dark notes of oak, toffee, char, and chocolate over the course of a decade, this pour has developed complex, lighter notes that are not lacking in age. At this price point, I’d except a bit more out of a proofed down light whiskey.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Simple and sweet, well-balanced and enjoyable, but it leaves me wanting just a bit more structure and depth of flavor.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: An interesting dram for sure. It's sweeter, lighter in profile, and manages to hit some notes that I don't find in a whiskey too often. It reminds me of a cross between an apple pie and one of those decadent Amish shoo fly pies that's heavy on maple and brown sugar. I think a little more oak would give this great life, but it's really good as is. It's certainly not mundane, and I'll give it credit for that.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: The mouthfeel is creamy and polished, as vanilla and marshmallow carry through the finish with only a gentle impression of wood.
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  • Synopsis:

    Apple pie meets maple syrup and cocktail nuts - Hooten & Young's American Whiskey is a bottling that expresses plenty of fruit, maple, brown sugar, tobacco and a unique experience. It excels in delivering a unique profile from MGP, which can be quite mundane at times, though it's not likely to be the most heavy hitting of bottles in your collection.

  • Intro:

    Today's review comes to us in the form of Hooten & Young 12yr American Whiskey. A 12yr sourced whiskey (no mention of bourbon on the label) distilled by our friends in Indiana at MGP and bottled by our pals in Florida at Hooten & Young. Selected by Master Sommelier George Miliotes, this is an interesting release, so I'm looking forward to giving it a go. Let's dive in.

  • Nose:

    Strong vanilla, maple, honey and praline notes initially. Fruity, bright - not the standard MGP presence. Hooten suggests you may find notes of cream, apple, maple and vanilla, and the apple note is certainly prominent. Faint pine, some light oak character and a bit of brown sugar. Not mega complex, but what's there is pleasant and inviting.

  • Taste:

    Thin to medium on the palate. A bit of heat, but nothing wild. Feels about right for 46% ABV. Strong notes of apple, lemon, honey and nuts. Pralines, slivered almonds, brown sugar and almost a faint rummy quality. On the sweet side, not a ton of oak for the age, but sweet and approachable.

  • Finish:

    Much longer finish than expected. This is where things hit really nicely. Apple pie, some cherry, hint of molasses and tobacco. Still a bit light on structure, but the sweet notes hang in there with solid balance.

  • Overall:

    An interesting dram for sure. It's sweeter, lighter in profile, and manages to hit some notes that I don't find in a whiskey too often. It reminds me of a cross between an apple pie and one of those decadent Amish shoo fly pies that's heavy on maple and brown sugar. I think a little more oak would give this great life, but it's really good as is. It's certainly not mundane, and I'll give it credit for that.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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