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[Review] Fighting Cock Bourbon

Details

Country: USA
Region: Kentucky
DistilleryHeaven Hill
Style: Bourbon
Alcohol: 51.5%
Volume: 70cl
Price: £33.15 (from The Whisky Exchange)

It’s been made known that I’m a bit of a bourbon fan – I love all whiskies, but bourbons are my favourite. So if I spot a bourbon that I haven’t tried, then I have to try it. So, when I spotted a bourbon with a great name like “Fighting Cock” in my local wine merchants I had to grab myself a bottle, especially at under £40.

It’s always satisfying when you take a gamble on a whisky you’ve never heard of, and Fighting Cock proved to be a wonderful surprise. Despite it’s modest price tag, it feels and tastes like a bourbon that should cost more than £40. It has a lovely dark, golden appearance, almost like a very dark honey or maple syrup. The aroma is what you would expect from a bourbon – it’s got the notes of vanilla, oak, sugars, buttery caramel and lots and lots of spice.

But it’s in the tasting that Fighting Cock really comes into it’s own – you get big hits of maple, but you also get an awesome nutty flavour which reminds me of peanuts – and as a peanut obsessive this is a huge plus for me – and it follows with a slight aftertaste of breakfast cereals like Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes. The finish gives you the spice and cinnamon that are so comfortingly familiar with bourbon, with also lovely hints of golden syrup. When you add in how smooth it is – surprisingly smooth for a hefty 51.5% ABV – Fighting Cock delivers on many levels, and at such a reasonable price tag I would recommend heartily that you pick up a bottle if you’re a bourbon fan.

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4

Summary

A great, affordable bourbon while has a lovely, nuttiness and a good kick of spice. Recommended!

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