Tasting Notes:

Fern Creek Small Batch

  • SRP: $59
  • 100º
  • 5 Years Old
  • 78% Corn, 10% Rye, 12% Malted Barley

Appearance

Golden, slightly oily

Nose

Light, sweet fruits, pepper, oak, vanilla, Licorice, cinnamon

Taste

Rye pepper on the tip of the tongue and periphery, sweet corn, white grape, anise, clove

Finish

Medium in length, rye pepper with mild barrel tannins, freshly sawn oak, slightly dry

Verdict

Very nice and approachable. Good, sweet flavor with very little bitterness.


Single Barrel Proof

  • SRP: $90
  • 113.3º
  • 5 Years Old
  • 78% Corn, 10% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
  • Barrel #1

Appearance

Dark with fine barrel particulates

Nose

Cocoa, oak, rye pepper, cinnamon, anise, savory spices

Taste

Powdered sweet cocoa mix, white pepper, earthy leather and tobacco, sweet vanilla

Finish

Medium in length, sweet hot chocolate, minimal tannix, no bitterness, very well balanced.

Verdict

Robust and earthy with a great sweet cocoa note, this barrel is one worth having.


Exceptional and Rare

  • SRP: $179
  • 87.5º
  • Blend of 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon (72% corn, 10% rye, 12% malted barley) and an unnamed Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Batch 1

Appearance

Amber

Nose

White grapes, pears, orchard fruits, simple syrup and fresh oak

Taste

Spicy, very viscous with strong orchard fruits carrying through form the nose including pears and green apples. Very well balanced

Finish

Medium to slightly short in length, this dry finish carries some barrel tannins that never turn overly bitter, some rye spice and white fruits linger.

Verdict

My favorite of the lineup, this is a delicate and well-balanced bourbon that should be sipped neat- No ice, no water, no mixers

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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com, and the President and Chief Blending Officer for Four Gate Whiskey Company. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country, and consulted for multiple national labels. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.

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