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Whiskey Review : Fighting Cock 6 Year

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Fighting Cock 6 Year Old

Country: American Whiskey
Distillery: Heaven Hill
Bottler: Heaven Hill
Distillation Date: 2004
Style: Bourbon Whisky
Bottling Date: 2010
Alcohol: 51.50%
Price: Just under $40.00 usd

Fighting Cock 6 Year

Behind The Booze:

Bottled at 103 proof (or 51.5%), this higher strength offers a far more punchy character but not so bad that you need shy away. This is a Kentucky bourbon aged for 6 years and is created by Heaven Hill who also produces Christian brothers and Evan Williams although this high rye spirit comes to us with a more colorful name of ‘Fighting Cock’ sporting a fighting rooster on the front of the bottle and even their own website for mixing ideas, downloads and information – worth checking out!

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Appeal:

Starting with the name – I had to stop and laugh – sure it is referencing the sport but still the childish humor in me came through. The spirit itself though was actually a much thicker bourbon, the nice light brown and red liquid easily hung to the sides of my glass as I swirled it, the edges of the liquid remaining this color even when held against light.

Fighting Cock 6 Year

Flavor:

Wooo weee does this son of a bitch have some spice. When I was smelling this before my first sip, the vanilla, pepper, oak and ‘kick’ of alcohol was more on the mild side and my guard dropped (in spite of the proof on the label) and for good reason, it did not have the bite I was expecting. The spice reminded me of rum, the nice peppery type with a mixture of light, caramel flavor that almost tasted smoked – if that makes sense. The finish was strong and lingering and I kept getting thoughts of cinnamon although that ‘flavor’ was not as present as the ‘sting’.

Overall:

This is what I would consider a great starter bourbon. I am just starting myself, so $40.00 on a bottle that I could see myself going back to consistently and be happy but still leaves room for the smoother, more ‘flavor packed’ spirits that other, higher priced bourbons such as Bookers ($50) offer. I enjoyed this bourbon but I didn’t love it – the flavor was good but seemed to be holding back but with the wives approval of a few sips, the childish smirk I get each time I see the bottle and the reasonable price makes this something I will keep in the liquor cabinet on a regular.

Step back, relax, and enjoy.

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