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Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon Whiskey is produced by the Corner Creek Distilling Company of Bardstown, KY, one of Even Kulsveen’s ventures. Kulsveen’s other products include Rowan’s Creek, Noah’s Mill, and the Vintage Bourbon that AboutChoice endorsed so highly in his excellent review (connosr.com/reviews/vintage/…).
The contents of the bottle are perhaps not what struck me first, as the bottle itself is peculiar. With deep, sloping shoulders, one could easily take Corner Creek for a wine bottle—indeed, this was the very mistake made by the cashier when I bought it. Uncorking the green bottle and pouring a dram, the color is a lovely honey-gold, though it seems a touch translucent.
Dill is initially prominent on the nose, subsiding only to be overtaken by an intemperate mix of rye, sawdust, and shredded wheat. Persistent notes of menthol (alongside the green bottle) trick the nose into believing that it is an Irish whiskey, not a bourbon, swirling in the glass. Faint hints of lime, dates, corn, vanilla, and brown sugar eventually come through, but make little impression. All in all, it’s a bit thin and waxy.
On the palate are notes of vanilla and banana, but little of the characteristic bourbon sweetness one might expect; instead, there is considerable rye spice that dominates the finish. And yet, it altogether seems plain and thin, with a decidedly waxy mouthfeel. With far more interesting bourbons at the same price point, I’m afraid Corner Creek Reserve leaves little to rave about.