Chicken Cock Whiskey Has Released Their Oldest Bourbon Yet

Chicken Cock Master Distiller's Pick. Courtesy Photo.

Grain & Barrel Spirits has announced the release of Chicken Cock Master Distiller’s Pick, a barrel strength 15 year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey hitting shelves this month.

Just 10 barrels with a mash bill of 78.5% corn, 13% rye, 8.5% malted barley were blended by Master Distiller Gregg Snyder for this release, yielding only 1,350 bottles at 114 proof. Bottled without chill filtration, this will be the first age-stated Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from the brand.

“This powerhouse 15-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which we bottled at barrel proof, displays an amazing array of complex flavors,” said Snyder. “It was well worth the wait.”

Tasting notes from the brand describe “aromas of toasted oak, dark chocolate covered cherries, spice and slight citrus, with a hint of leather.” On the palate, we’re told to expect “complex, sweet caramel, vanilla bean, butterscotch, dried dark fruit (figs / raisins), and pleasant bittersweet chocolate,” with a “long, delightful finish with hints of honey, pepper and cinnamon notes, complimented by soft oak lactones with just the right amount of dryness to enhance the sweet elements, all contained within a firm barrel proof “Kentucky hug” all the way down.”

Chicken Cock has roots that date back to 1856 in Paris, Kentucky, rising to fame during Prohibition when it was served at legendary New York speakeasy The Cotton Club. The vintage-style decanter echoes bottling from those days, with a tin shot glass covering the cork and an embossed glass bottle.

Find Chicken Cock Master Distiller’s Pick 15 Year on shelves in Kentucky for around $300.