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This Noah’s Mill is, like the Rowan’s Creek, produced in the Mecca of bourbons, Bardstown, Kentucky and matured for 15 years (although the label does not carry an age statement). It is bottled at a strength of 114,3 proof or 57,15% ABV. It won a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2005. I’m curious.
The sweet nose gives away oak, dried fruits, liquorice but most of all a whole lot of hay. I picture myself on the hay-loft of a big ranch. There is a strong hint of mold as well. Some butterscotch, too. After a while, the hay and mold subside to make room for a more typical bourbon nose. Corn and caramel dominate. Adding water makes something sourish, but pleasant, come out. But I do prefer the undiluted nose.
Despite the high ABV, it does not burn. It is nice and creamy, delivering violet candy, brown sugar, old leather and dry oak. Quite a bit of mint and tobacco. With water, it loses some of its punch and makes it to docile.
The finish is wonderfully long and warming and dries the mouth completely, without turning bitter.
This is probably one of the best bourbons I have tasted so far, uncut. Do not add water to this one.