Distillery: Beam Suntory. Deerfield , IL
Age: 3 YR
Nose: A bit medicinal at first but that wash gives way to a sugary bourbon and a very pronounced corn. There’s a bit of honey and waxy sugary smell to it that, combined with the corn, reminds me of a bag of candy corn (which I love). There’s also some under ripe citrus hiding in there and a raw almost pancake batter like quality to the overall nose. A splash of water will help kick up some of the vanilla.
Palate: Caramel and corn battle it out on the palate with a buttered corn on the cob flavor trying to get a few shots in itself. There is a touch of citrus, but not much of the vanilla that is very often found in bourbon. With only a touch of oak and a slightly medicinal quality hanging out in the glass it has a very young flavor profile and feels a bit wild. A splash of water or ice brings out more of the vanilla that is hiding deep inside the dram.
Color: Pale Caramel
Notes: It’s long been said that not only was Old Crow the first bourbon to use the sour mash process*, but that it was also the favorite drink of our 18th President Mr. Ulysses S Grant. Not good enough for you? Well what if I also told you that it was a favorite whiskey of two of my personal heroes Mark Twain and Hunter S Thompson? While it was no secret that Thompson’s absolute favorite whiskey was Wild Turkey, often starting the day with a tall glass filled to the brim with ice and WT, he mentioned Old Crow a lot in his writings.