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Bottling NameRock Hill Farms
Bottled ByAncient Age Distilling Co. Frankfort,KY
TypeKentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Alcohol content100 Proof
Availability US: Available Japan: Unknown Duty Free: Unknown Europe: Unknown
Mashbill InfoBT high rye
Views (since 20080612) 43546
Bottling InfoThe nose presents hints of plums, candy, and papaya, and the medium body bears a simple palate with a touch of fruit, tobacco, and a pleasant minty backdrop.

- Gary and Mardee Regan in The Bourbon Companion
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Review from carddoug (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2263, Created:20131015004333)
Purchased at:Frankfort, ky
Purchased for:55$
Nose:[Olfactory impressions]

Candied apples, oak, mint
Taste:[Description of the initial taste impression]

Apple, vanilla, a little oak, fudge and a hint of mint... It's so great!
Finish:[Description of the lingering taste impression]

Vanilla, oak and mint
Overall:[Overall impression of this bottling]

I prefer this bourbon to the higher priced bourbons I've had.... Which include all of the pappy line.. Rock Hill Farms is a classic! But it doesn't get the praise it deserves.

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Review from asobol (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2180, Created:20130411002709)
Purchased at:
Nose:[Olfactory impressions]
Taste:[Description of the initial taste impression]
Finish:[Description of the lingering taste impression]
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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1983, Created:20110910202634, Updated:20110910205526)
Purchased at:Sigman Bottle Shop, Conyers, GA
Purchased for:$39
Nose:Oak, vanilla, rye, allspice, nutmeg, hints of maple and orange in a subtle combination that speaks little of its 100 proof......... excellent, excellent nose that delivers a highly complex cluster of aromas.
Taste:A very balanced and controlled dram of bourbon essence. It offers a proper measure of oak dryness, a contrasting and delicious dose of sweet vanilla and caramel, and a zip of rye to set the whole in a wonderful whirl. Just first rate bourbon that seduces with beautiful balance.
Finish:Sustains the balance right through to the last ember of taste......... which dies slowly, slowly........ just as it should ought to!
Overall:If you want a bourbon that is true to the essence of what a great bourbon should be, look no further than this one. It pays homage to all the proper bourbon ingredients........ the oak tannins have their properly restrained say, the vanillins and caramels play their sweet tune, the rye jumps in with its insistent but restrained wail, the interesting background spices (nutmeg, allspice) keep the others from saying too much or speaking too loud.

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Review from Dump Bucket (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1729, Created:20091016181059)
Purchased at:
Purchased for:$38ish
Info on this bottle:Bourbon Crusade BD/BE SB BIB
Nose:hmmm and yummmmmm. touches of earth with vanilla, candied apples and leather. The rye spices in the juice just hit all the perfect notes for me. I am not a big rye fan, but this and Turkey are two of my favorite noses.
Taste:Vanilla and sweet water with green apples, honey (dessert honey), and vanilla caramel or fudge??? deep with the apples.
Finish:Damn. That finish echoes the taste to a tee. There is a perfect burn to go with this. The finish is at lease 45 seconds strong and probably 45 more in the trail off.

Not the cherries from years past but the green apples are in perfect blend with the other tastes.
Overall:I am going to have to do a side-by-side-by-side with Versions I, II, & III to pick my favorite. This is definitely in my top two RHFs that I have had for sure and beats the cheesy gold chain for sure???

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Review from Dump Bucket (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1618, Created:20090701223237)
Purchased at:TX
Purchased for:$42ish
Info on this bottle:Cheesey gold chain
Nose:Rye and corn. There is an earth tone in this one that is not in the Julio???s versions (I love the Julio???s versions I, II, & III), but as this bottle has sat the last six months, it has improved dramatically. There is almost a candy corn scent on this as it sits in the glass for over 5-10 min
Taste:Creamy sweat candy corn with rye then some sugar water. This was not like this the first 2 months the bottle was open. The oxidation for this as helped give it better balance.

There is a slight burn, but not deep.
Finish:Rye then corn with a sweetness that comes up at about 15 seconds and the finish is well over a minute. This a great bourbon that needs some time to open up??? give it 6 months to do its thing.
Overall:Go buy some if you can find it (1 bottle would be enough), but if there is a Julio???s next to it (Bourbon Crudase / BD/BE bottle) buy it first???.

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Review from enzo (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1445, Created:20090126015017) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Spec's Austin, TX
Purchased for:$46
Info on this bottle:standard bottle
Nose:cherry and vanilla are the initial notes... followed by a subtle rye and a mixture of fruit... apple, grapefruit, tangerine. very crisp. almost minty at the end
Taste:surprising bit of cinnamon spice along with a sweet cherry cream... then sweet corn, vanilla, caramel, then citrus with a slight bitter edge... giving way to a smooth rye and oak
Finish:fairly long, dry, oak finish with a pronounced cinnamon sparkle... vanilla and citrus still present throughout.
Overall:This bourbon definitely has it's own thing going on. Very clean and smooth. Has a nice interplay between the sweet creamy cherry vanilla, and the spicy orange cinnamon. Some may find it a bit spicy. The spicy cinnamon really hangs around. Overall, a fine bourbon, but overpriced at $46. I think you're paying $10 extra for a nice bottle.

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Review from BuffaloBill (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1424, Created:20090114135925) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Julio's - Westboro, MA (2007 bottling selected by Ryan M.) Second Tasting
Purchased for:$42
Info on this bottle:Rock Hill Farms
Nose:After four weeks opened the liquid morphed from a fortified wine fragrance to a cherry essence that is perfectly balanced from the nose to the mouth, and well into the finish.
Taste:You have to taste and experience it to believe it. It's a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
Finish:Long, with matured cherry overtones lingering into the minutes.
Overall:This is by far in my Top-5 Best of the year. Thanks Ryan!!! BB

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Review from BuffaloBill (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1395, Created:20081220113043) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Julio's - Westboro, MA
Purchased for:$42
Info on this bottle:Rocky Hill Farms - Selected by Ryan Maloney
Nose:Last years private selection (2007) very orange in color. A-m-a-z-i-n-g... a superb nose. Balanced to perfection. You get a rich wine scent when opening the bottle, capturing a lot of flavors off the cork. It's a one-of-a-kind experience. Once in the glass it opens to a rare bouquet of fine citrus, wine, and a medley of fruits, spices, and eucalyptus. Honey tones... oak and vanilla. Fresh, tight, and very clean.
Taste:The color and flavors intermingling in this Glencairn glass are mesmerizing. A slow burn opens to further refinement. All of the above and more... very jammy. Raisin, fig, and dried fruit. Nutty caramel. Pomegranate?
Finish:Exceptionally long. It lingers on the palette for a long time...
Overall:Highly respectable 5-Star Bourbon for mature and experienced palettes to be taken neat. I didn't capture the cherry essence in this bottle that many enthusiasts talk about, more wine. Madeira? Sherry? Marsala? Port? It's all there... great wood.

Wow! BB

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Review from spun_cookie (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1150, Created:20080615230451, Updated:20080620195843)
Purchased at:
Purchased for:Price of a trip to KY
Info on this bottle:Barrel Sample #034, Lot # 01-B-6, Location L-4-31
Nose:Sweet cream. Cherries, and cream??? This should be from Ben & Jerry???s, not BT??? covered in some maple..
Taste:Vanilla, standard Vanilla, hmm ??? cherries.. and more with time... Dare I say a vanilla share with cherries???
Finish:Oh yeah??? bing cherries??? no Cherry Garcia in a bourbon juice??? Nice long cherry finish with the vanilla dancing on your tung??? damn.. still going and going and going??? no oak to speak of??? and there is graham cracker crumbles???. in this???
Overall:Damn it.. it is a Cherry Garcia Sunday with Maple syrup and gram cracker toppings???


This may be as good as the last time Julio???s worked a RHF barrel???. This is giving the PVW 15 a run for its money on the best of the bunch???

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Review from spun_cookie (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1030, Created:20080226220650)
Purchased at:Supreme Liquior Cambridge
Proof Of this Bottle:100
Nose:lighter than the last. Little oak and a little caramel Very pleasant, but nothing special.
Taste:oak light, a little maple, light leather, vanilla, some oak

Finish:Vanilla, oak and light leather. Not as complex as the last bottle
Overall:This one is lighter than the last one I had. Half way through this bottle now, and looking forward to the second half. I wish it was as rich as the first bottle, but worth the price. Fun drinker, great for an evening of catch-up with old friends

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Review from spun_cookie (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1017, Created:20080213225024)
Purchased at:MORREL NY -
Purchased for:$45
Proof Of this Bottle:100
Nose:Vanilla and maple...... Carmel corn
Taste:100 proof huh... wow.. it defiantly masks the alcohol... light start that grows to complex.

... did I read this is 100 proof... mmm to smooth.. with a perfect burn... tingle really..
Finish:Nice even feel and taste. Rich vanilla... so much here. Rolls from light oak to some leather back to vanilla. Leaves you mouth with a happy feeling...
Overall:I like this. his is just perfect neat. Light burn with great flavor.

This will be on my keep on the shelf list..


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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 906, Created:20071116135958, Updated:20071116140235)
Purchased at:Sigman Bottle Shop Conyers, GA
Purchased for:$43.99
Info on this bottle:This is a different bottle from that reviewed last time
Nose:Vanilla, rye, caramel, tinge of oak and char. Much more than respectable. The nose says you will like this bourbon and be glad you bought the bottle, dear as it is!
Taste:Balanced, complex, tasty, rich in mouthfeel like it ort to be. Sweet, spicy, corny, vanillay, oaky...........beautiful stuff. You might want to call the folks back home and see would they like you to send them a bottle, since you have a job now and can afford a few luxuries. Besides, they would show it around the neighborhood as a sign of how well you are fairing. The home folks, you know, they are absolutely priceless. They are you and you are them..........lucky you!
Finish:Of a piece with the nose and taste. Just dandy!
Overall:You could go a lot wronger than getting some from the farm. Now, don't forget to stay in touch with the folks back home. A body don't really know how a parent loves his children until he has little ones of his own. It simply don't matter what is going on in the rest of the world compared to the love of those close to you.

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 771, Created:20070525130258)
Purchased at:Sigman Spirits, Conyers, GA
Purchased for:$43.99
Proof Of this Bottle:100
Nose:Corn, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, leather, a whiff of citrus, all in a very inviting mix of aromas. The alcohol lays low.
Taste:Rich semi-sweet entry with lots of corn and an interesting wisp of tang. The peppery spice comes on strong and takes a bite out of the sweetness, but does not obliterate it completely.
Finish:A long spicy finish that never gives way to the alcohol too much. Robust and compelling.
Overall:A very fine bourbon with enough bite to get your attention. A very high recommendation.

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Review from gillmang (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 603, Created:20061011214002, Updated:20061012044325)
Purchased at:LeNell's
Purchased for:$40 approx.
Nose:Sweet bourbon nose, as others have stated, enticing and rich
Taste:This has the tastes many have reported but with a bitter edge. Being single barrel, there are inevitable variations. I know this whiskey well and do not recall this taste from earlier bottles, it is just the luck of the draw. On the other hand, this sample has no mustiness whatever and my last one did. When I have it in Bardstown though or New York (in bars) it always tastes great so in general I am sure it is very sound. I've added one ounce of spring water to a nearly full bottle to try to off-set the bitterness and if necessary will add more in the glass. The taste however is (itself) very good, simple and rich, candylike, but with the trademark BT rye backstop (kind of "horehound candy"). This sample of RHF reminds me more of Blanton's than others do, it is like a more concentrated Blanton's.
Finish:It's all-bourbon but the bitterness lingers. I added some of this to a glass of mingled bourbons and ryes (about 20 of them) and it made the best darn Manhattan I ever had, so I'll find lots of uses for this bottle.
Overall:Despite the bitterness flaw I still give it high points. I like Rock Hill Farms, even when not at its best.

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 580, Created:20060828154030, Updated:20060830063459) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Sigman Bottle Shop, Conyers, GA
Purchased for:$48.99
Info on this bottle:Lost it
Nose:Sit down, bourbons sisters and brothers, and let me tell you a story. There is this bourbon called Rock Hills Farm and she will delight your nose as few do. She has apples, honey, vanilla, oranges, leather, rye, corn, cinnamon, caramel, clover, and wild flowers. And you deny yoself the aromas presented here, you got somewhere you ain't been yet! Sweet, Sweet!
Taste:Of a complete piece with the nose, a light touch of sweetness, a good grab of spice, ah, we are in the bourbon business here!!! Corn sweetness with a rich creamy (my good reviews always stress the creaminess don't they?......well, I like it, what did you expect?) viscousness that just delights the mouth. The taste of RHF bourbon is every bit as good as the nose. If your banker knows shit from shinola, he will bank this for you. If you can sing, you gone sing, if you can dance, you gone dance, if you can hum, you gone hum, if you can't do nothing but mumble, you gone mumble. When you drink this bourbon, you gone do SOMETHING, you can't just SIT there! This stuff will make bunghole take his pants off!! After that, well, its up to him and the fates!
Finish:A nice moderate to long finish that is very balanced. This bourbon seems to go its way with a natural harmony that is amazing.
Overall:They gone put this bourbon in the movies, all it has to do it 'act naturally'. I cannot imagine any bourbon lover who won't like this stuff. It will put hair on your chest, make you cry for yo momma, make you slap yo gramma, crank yo tractor, make you wirte a letter home, make you take to drink, make you let yo guard down, make you paint yo wagon..................it is goooooooooooood stuff. Buy it! Drink it! Write yo own review about it!!!!!!!!!


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Review from TennBourbonMan (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 571, Created:20060819220630) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Red Dog Wine and Spirits, Franklin, Tn
Purchased for:$50.00
Nose:To me, Rock Hill Farms represents one of the most balanced noses in Bourbon. There's a dryness to it initially that evolves into what many think a good bourbon should give: Vanilla, some Oak - though restrained and in check, Caramel/Maple syrup, but there's a floral/orange peel/peppery spiciness and some leathery notes that rounds out the nose and keeps it from being to "Flabby" or ovewhelmingly sweet. Just fantastic!
Taste:Mouthfeel of this bourbon is moderate, it's not as oily and coating as others but certainly has a nice medium body to it. Initial tastes back up the nose in that this bourbon brings the vanilla, the oak, spice, a subtle/refined sweetness to it, backed with a nice even minty burn. Again, just marvelously balanced and so sophisticated. Structurally speaking this bourbon transitions from initial sip to mid palate to finish evolving so smoothly. To me, and this may sound sacreligous, but this is the High End Single Malt Scotch of bourbon.
Finish:The finish is clean and smooth, you'd never know this bourbon was 100 proof, it hides that well. What remains is the spice, some oaky toastiness, and again just a clean finish.
Overall:This is one of my top 3 favorite bourbons, and frankly my top 3 are vastly different. RHF is truly one of the most complex, satisfying bourbons that will ever grace your lips and liquor cabinet. If you have not tried this bourbon, make it #1 on your list. 5 Stars.

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 463, Created:20060426084155)
Purchased at:Bourbon's Bistro Bar
Purchased for:12.00
Info on this bottle:Standard Bottle
Proof Of this Bottle:100
Nose:Corn and caramel with a bit of wood - slightly fruity with ripe pears. very simple and clean nose.
Taste:Very smooth with just a hint of heat in the mouth. Corn and caramel with some psice and fruit.
Finish:Sweet caramel and oak wood - very well balanced and it last a long time.
Overall:Drink it neat - very good before a meal.

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Review from BourbonSteve (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 455, Created:20060421103012)
Purchased at:Minks in marietta
Purchased for:$48
Nose:Light, easy nose with hints of papaya, oak, some vanill and caramel. a bit of leather and some floral notes as well. Very nice.
Taste:Smoooooth, light to medium body, hints of mint, orange, tannin. Very nice on the palate, no burn.
Finish:Easy finish and then Whop! A bit of burn for a long finish; just enough to remind you to take another hit. Good going down.
Overall:What a pour! Possibly my all time favorite. It's got it's own signature but could be a cousin of Makers' or Rowans' Creek, both excellent bourbons, imho. This is a Thorough Bred, you can't go wrong here.

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