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Rabbit Hole Bourbon

by on January 30, 2019
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Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Average Price

$45-$55 US Retail

Positives

The nose is very good and is definitely the star of the show.

Negatives

The palate is very light and pales in comparison to the nose.

Editor Rating
 
Nose
82%

 
Palate
76%

 
Finish
78%

Total Score
78%

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Bottom Line
 

Worth buying a pour. Rabbit Hole is a solid bourbon with an interesting mash bill, which alone makes it worth a try.

 

The Rabbit Hole Distillery is a baby by Kentucky standards, just being established in 2012. While their product is currently “contract distilled”, they have big plans for their distillery which began operating in 2018. Bear in mind that contract distilling is different from barrel sourcing.  Distilling contracts often afford the recipient control over mash bill and other specifics of the whiskey to be purchased.  Some sources have named the contract distiller as New Riff Distilling, others leave it unnamed, but consensus seems to be on a Northern Kentucky distillery at the minimum. Other than that, there really isn’t much backstory besides a man falling in love with bourbon and opening a distillery. Rabbit Hole also has, in my opinion, stylish, sleek bottles, which will definitely catch the eye.  We enthusiasts know better than to buy simply based on aesthetics, but hey it sure doesn’t hurt if the presentation looks good!

Notes:

  • Distilled by an undisclosed Kentucky distillery, bottled by Rabbit Hole Distillery in Louisville, KY
  • Mash Bill:  70% corn, 10% malted wheat, 10% malted barley, 10% honey malted barley (note the extreme uniqueness of this mash bill)
  • Cask type:  New charred American oak
  • Age: at least 3 years old
  • ABV:  47.5%

Nose: Oak and vanilla lead the way. The nose has an almost rich feel, with honey, cinnamon and vanilla custard lingering in the background. After some time in the glass, tart green apple appears.

Palate: This feels a little thin with light, sweet honey playing the starring role. Vanilla does arrive eventually, but it is somewhat muted.

Finish: The finish is fairly light and short. There is a little warmth, buoyed by a touch of smokiness and cinnamon. Dark fruits, like cherries, linger a bit with the cinnamon.

Buying Recommendation: Worth buying a pour. As you can see in my notes, this is not a terribly complex pour. It is a solid bourbon that is worth a try. It also has a very interesting mash bill, which definitely makes it worth exploring if for nothing more than an educational experience. The biggest problem lies in the competition. At this price range, there are a wealth of very good bourbons available. Until this bourbon matures a little longer, it will be overshadowed by others.

The Rating Scale

At WBSE we use a true 100 point scale for scoring to allow whiskeys to further differentiate themselves (as opposed to a letter grade scale where 90% of whiskeys fall between 78-92). This allows you to more easily compare scores between different whiskeys. Here is how the scale breaks down:

1-49: Varying degrees of bad
50-59: Average
60-69: Better than average
70-79: Solid/Good
80-89: Excellent
90+: Truly Exceptional

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