For some reason, I’ve always had it in mind that bourbon had to be made in Kentucky to be called bourbon rather than whiskey but it turns out that’s nonsense. As long as it fits the technical definition – made from at least 51% corn, aged in new barrels and bottled at no less than 40%(*) – then it doesn’t matter where it’s made.
That said, in 2013 roughly 95% of bourbon production was based in Kentucky!
Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey is, obviously from neighbouring Arkansas – indeed, Rock Town is the first (legal!) distillery in Arkansas since Prohibition.
The nose is sweet and fruity; honey and raisins with toasted oak in the background. As it sits in the glass, hints of cornflakes appear…
Sadly, at this point something bizarre happened to my PC and, by the time I realised that it had thrown my tasting notes many hours had passed! This is a shame, because while I don’t remember enough detail to put together a coherent review, I do recall enough to know that it was a bloody nice bourbon.
Note to future self: double-check that everything has saved properly before taking that final sip.
Will try and get you a replacement dram!