ROCK HILL FARMS Single Barrel Bourbon is another example of Buffalo Trace’s fine single barrel bourbons, Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey shares a mash bill with Blanton’s and Elmer T. Lee. Named after a stretch of and along the Kentucky River, this delicious bourbon is certainly one to savor. With an attractive amber glint, decadent nose and caramel, fruity taste, this single barrel ends with the most exquisite long, sweet finishes. Ideal as an after dinner sip.
This bourbon is made in Frankfort, Kentucky where it rests in New, Charred American Oak barrels for an undisclosed amount of time. Buffalo Trace Mash Bill #2 is the base distillate for this bourbon. The spirit is bottled in a unique decanter that has been beautifully etched with horses, trees, and a barn. The glass stopper adds an elegant touch to the complete package. MSRP for this bourbon is set around $50-$60. However, prices can vary based on availability and popularity in the secondary market. It is bottled at 100 proof.
Rock Hill Farms is one of the sub-labels of Buffalo Trace/Sazerac, an upscale bottling in a fancy decanter that people really seem to love because it has a horse on the label.
Rock Hill Farms (bottled with no age statement or anything else by way of production data) is a rather typical expression of Buffalo Trace’s house style, a rye-heavy bourbon that’s well spiced from start to finish.The nose features orange peel, oily furniture polish notes, and loads of nutty sherry (or sherried nuts?). A winey, Port-like character emerges with more time, studded with aromas of cloves, raisins, and dried cherries. On the palate, many of the same notes persevere, though those fruitier notes come with a slightly bitter edge, along with some more exotic notes of dried papaya, allspice, and candied walnuts.
All told it’s a fine example of bonded-style bourbon, though it may be an overly familiar one for hardcore bourbon enthusiasts.