Story by Manos Angelakis
Photos courtesy of G & B Spirits

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Chicken Cock Whiskey
https://www.chickencockwhiskey.com

The pre-prohibition historic Chicken Cock brand returned to Kentucky with an exclusive limited-edition release of 330 cases of 10-year-old, double barrel Bourbon.

Matti Anttila, the CEO of Grain and Barrel Spirits decided to resurrect the famous brand that established in 1856 in Paris, Kentucky.

Chicken Cock rose to fame as the house whiskey of the legendary “Cotton Club”. During Prohibition, Chicken Cock was smuggled from Kentucky to New York City’s Harlem, where the Cotton Club was located on 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue. The whiskey was sealed in tin cans and ceremoniously opened tableside, thus getting the moniker “Whiskey in a Tin Can”.

Utilizing the original formula of 70% corn, 21% rye and 9% malted barley, a modern lower alcohol version of this whiskey was initially distilled in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and aged and bottled in Kentucky.

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Master Distiller Gregg Snyder selected twelve barrels of aged 10-year-old bourbon, marrying 2 barrels at a time to create this perfectly balanced, extremely smooth, small batch bourbon. He determined that the perfect alcoholic content is 104-proof (52% ABV) and the whiskey is non-chill filtered to retain the rich amber color. The current production takes place at Bardstown Bourbon Company; the Bardstown collaborative distilling program allowed Gregg Snyder to collaborate with Bourbon Hall of Fame’s Master Distiller Steve Nally and his team, to produce this high quality whiskey. The production facility is in Kentucky, only 80 miles from Paris, where the brand began 163 years ago. The MSRP is $250 per 750ml bottle which may vary by region.

I was sent a sample for tasting and, though I’m more used to single malts from Scotland, I thought this whiskey was very distinctive and interesting. The look was a beautiful amber color; the nose had distinctive aromas of caramel, vanilla and oriental spice with touches of sandalwood, complimented by toasty oak; the palate was full, with hints of dark chocolate, ginger and sweet maple syrup; the finish was spicy, long and rich with vanilla and oak and a lingering sweetness.

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Currently there are 3 other expressions of the whiskey: the Single Barrel Chicken Cock 160th anniversary 8-year old Bourbon; the Chicken Cock Bootlegger’s Reserve; and the Chicken Cock Heritage Reserve. All three are MSRP priced at the $38 to $99 range.

 

 

 

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