Operating as a non-distilling producer, Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (KBD) purchases bourbon from other distilleries, ages it in their warehouses, and bottles it from their extensive family of labels (Rowan’s Creek, Kentucky Vintage and Willett Distilling Company to name a few.) Noah's Mill Distilling Company is a KBD company.
Small Batch Bourbon
Batch No. 18-8
Age: NAS (Since 2012 the age statement is no longer reported)
ABV: 47% (94 Proof)
Distillery: Various and unpublished; made from sourced barrels (Bottle Notes indicate: KBD/Noah's Mill Distilling Company)
ABV: 57.15% (114.3 Proof)
Mash Bill: Unknown (sourced bourbon)
Note: Sold in a light green glass bottle. Light in color ... Tawny; The light color may indicate minimal barrel time.
LOOK, BALANCE, BODY AND FEEL:
I wanted to like this bourbon as I enjoyed the Willet Pot Still Reserve and looked for the good in this one as well; I can report impressive legs in the glass and a creamy mouthfeel, but in the end this bottle of Noah's Mill, Batch No. 18-8 is unbalanced and unrewarding.
I will not likely purchase another offering from Noah's Mill Distilling Company and will be wary of other KBD offerings.
Alcohol hits the nose first on this release and is so strong it masks all other flavors. After a short time in the glass, I was able to discern orange peel followed by a unusual cacophony of fruit: banana, prune and raisin. Subsequent sniffs coaxed caramel and vanilla, then yeast, baking spice, and cinnamon filled baked goods. Nut meat or wood of any sort was never detected throughout the four ounce tasting. I am sad to report there is something amiss with this bourbon.
Because of the initial alcohol on the nose, I expected more of the same however the first sip was warming and mellow but with a grassy, citrus bite. More sips brought out acidic orange marmalade and ginger spice. There is a hint of bitter walnuts, and as on the nose, no woodiness whatsoever. This itteration of Noah's Mill tastes unfinished, weak, and is quite disapointing.
Short with only a little lingering warmth and an unpleasent green vegatabley aftertaste.
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