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Fighting Cock 6 Year Old

The Name Says It All

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@VictorReview by @Victor

23rd Jan 2011

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Fighting Cock 103 proof 6 yr old bourbon is distributed by Heaven Hill. It is a high rye content mashbill-- my estimate 27% rye. Before I first tasted this one I wasn't sure if this was a serious brand. It definitely is.

Nose: Rich corn syrup, vanilla, cloves, pepper, nutmeg, oak. This is one of the strongest and most pleasant noses I have encountered in a bourbon.

Taste: Intense rye spice, vanilla, caramel, oak, alcohol. Tasted neat the flavours are strong but a little tucked away. This whiskey explodes with flavour with the addition of a couple of drops of water. I almost never like to add water to whisk(e)y, but this is a dramatic change that needs to be observed.

Finish: The spices stay a medium length while vanilla, caramel, and oak remain long.

Balance: This is a very solid and enjoyable reasonably priced high rye bourbon. If you like bourbons like Bulleit, Old Grand-Dad, or Elmer T. Lee, you will probably also like this. The whiskey is good and flavourful. The name and the bottle art are just nice bonuses.

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@dbk
dbk commented

Great review! I've been curious about Fighting Cock for some time. Admittedly, though, I'm not a Bulleit fan—despite liking my ryes and ryed bourbons—so I'm not certain how I'll find this one either.

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