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Bottling NameFighting Cock
Bottled ByHeaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. Bardstown,KY
TypeKentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Alcohol content103 Proof
Availability US: Available Japan: Unknown Duty Free: Unknown Europe: Unknown
Age6
Views (since 20080612) 46341
Bottling InfoTHey say on their site, contains rye instead of wheat for an extra 'kick'.



Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2224, Created:20130728172518, Updated:20130728175500) View discussion on this review.
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Nose:Oak, vanilla, rye spice, caramel, corn, leather, and a wee touch of nutmeg try to push the alcohol aside..... a few moments in the glass assist in that effort. Several swirls of the glass and a few moments help a bit, as does a few drops of water. Very inviting and somewhat reminiscent of Wild Turkey 101.
Taste:Nice upfront thick corn sweetness with some oak and vanilla yield a lot of body and give the taster a treat. The rye spiciness bites at mid-palate with some cinnamony heat with a smidge of leather loafing about. Quite nice high rye bourbon.
Finish:Moderate to long finish that allows all the flavors to make a final bow.
Overall:Excellent elemental bourbon, and maybe, in that role, better than Old Grand Dad Bottled in Bond.

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Review from JPBoston (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2159, Created:20130225214833) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Total Wine - AZ -- 2013
Purchased for:$13.99
Info on this bottle:750ml
Nose:Vanilla, Corn, Ethanol
Taste:Up Front: Very thick caramel sweetness with hints of vanilla

Mid Palate: Spicy rye kick
Finish:Back to caramel sweetness, with strong, quality, vanilla barrel notes
Overall:Man o' man!! I always assumed this to be rot-gut due to the name on the bottle, but I finally gave it a shot... and I'm glad I did!

The caramel sweetness that gives way to peppery rye spice... that then gives way BACK to a warming (not burning!) caramel/vanilla sweetness on the finish is incredible! I can't believe this is under $15! That bottle of OWA on my bar is starting to sweat a bit, this may be my new favorite everyday pour...

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Review from karloff (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2132, Created:20121126065538) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Rehills, Jesmond
Purchased for:28 pounds
Info on this bottle:Age 6 years. Gift to myself
Nose:Dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla and a mixture of dark fruits
Taste:Thick and oily and nice and fruity
Finish:A long thick woody finish that stays with you for a long time.
Overall:At this time the best bourbon i have ever tasted and it is a good price aswell.

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1940, Created:20110319173946) View discussion on this review.
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Nose:Vanilla, rye, corn, oak, char, leather. Lurking about is some nutmeg, and what i can only call dark dirt. Interestingly difficult to predict the taste from the nose. Alcohol is not overbearing.
Taste:Nice sweet hot thick rich creamy spicy bourbon that starts a decided glow almost immediately upon entry. Lively, robust, and rich.
Finish:Long and spicy finishing on a dry note, but the deep sweet remains and coats the mouth.
Overall:An excellent under $20 bourbon with great viscosity AND rye spiciness. The alcohol produces a dry mouthfeel that finally snuffs the creamy sweet. Well worth the money, so I do recommend it to you.l

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Review from ale_conner (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1899, Created:20101205022706) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Hollywood Liquor Store, Portland, OR
Purchased for:16.95
Info on this bottle:An animated cock (bird), cartoonish font, aged 6 yrs, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 103 proof
Nose:Dark Caramel,corn, ethanol, clove/allspice.
Taste:A lot of alcohol heat. This really needs some cold water to bloom the aromas. With said water, smooth caramel comes through, and -- with dilution -- the stronger notes of clove when neat turn into a smooth allspice tone.
Finish:Sufficient warming going all the way down, though a little harsh by itself.
Overall:This is a great whiskey for the money. It has a top-shelf/small-batch taste and aroma, and the high proof makes it just as appropriate on the ski lift as it is in a "cock"tail. It works perfectly in my new favorite drink: rocks, Bourbon, local apple cider, lemon wedge.

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1708, Created:20090929193435, Updated:20090929193740)
Purchased at:Myrtle Beach SC
Purchased for:$18
Info on this bottle:See, now there there was this rooster, and he like to strut..........
Nose:Corn, rye, leather (reminds me slightly of new shoes when I was a kid), yeast (I think), hint of vanilla and oak. A bit of an earthy aroma that is like rich loam (not a bad aroma at all). Don't get too close, the alcohol you know!
Taste:A rich sweetness that seems thick........ almost like corn syrup in its sticking power. The barrel did its work quite nicely in 6 years, leaving plenty of rich barrel flavors of vanilla and caramel. The rye struts out and demonstrates but does not overwhelm the other flavors with its spiciness. It is not a pretender, but neither is it royalty here. Excellent taste!
Finish:Moderate, respectable, and appropriate to the occasion.
Overall:What do you want for under $20............a cigar with it? Excellent bourbon for the money. A demonstration of why 100 or so proof helps to retain flavors in a fairly young bourbon.

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Review from gillmang (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1703, Created:20090928205229, Updated:20090928205401)
Purchased at:On Cane Run Road recently, L'ville
Info on this bottle:Current, 200 ml
Nose:Very balanced, clean smell of bourbon, medium caramel notes, perhaps faint grain or rooty notes, nothing obstreperous
Taste:Certainly alcohol to the fore, sweet and rounded after, almost soft with that typical good pecan-like taste
Finish:Not a heavy finish but a pleasant decay of the taste elements
Overall:Top-grade, not the over-the-top experience I recall from years back. It reminds me of Booker's if you took away the anise note of the latter.

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Review from Don Galligan (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1702, Created:20090928173232)
Purchased at:Idaho State Liquor Dispensary
Purchased for:$15
Nose:WOW! Alcohol and Spice! A little bit of Honey that increases as the Bourbon is exposed to the air.
Taste:Pepper and Spice! Yow! Tinge of Honey before the long hot finish.
Finish:Long and Spicy. Lasts about 2 minutes and burns hot!
Overall:I actually liked this bourbon. Didn't think I would but there is something about its spicy and unabashed alcohol that really makes me think I am drinking raw juice! I Liked that!

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Review from independant (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1610, Created:20090623055903)
Purchased at:Virginia ABC
Purchased for:17.70
Info on this bottle:Standrad
Nose:The alcohol that you would expect with this proof. Corn sweetness with hints of vanilla and citrus
Taste:The corn comes through first with spice/ and dark fruit right behind it. the alcohol is there with every drop but making it hard to bring much else out of this one.
Finish:Nice finish lasting longer then most. The heat disappears rather fast leaving a soft corn sweetness.
Overall:A little water really helps this bourbon bud. I normally do not add water to any bourbon but this one is one of the exceptions. Also time opened in the bottle really helped bring out what it was hiding.

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Review from azoth_melusina (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1450, Created:20090130195310, Updated:20090130195823) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:State Line Liquors (Elkton, MD)
Purchased for:$16+
Nose:spicey vanilla/caramel...then young corn...another swirl and a sweet, vegetal blast of alcohol. there's the 103 proof. somewhat reminded of OGD...
Taste:unabashedly fiery (but in a way i like); more OGD BIB sense; immediate dry mouthfeel (and not thick or chewy); continued fiery sense that burns along, almost eclipsing what flavors i think lurk beneath. again, not too much proof, but in a sense, this is what makes it at least work and earn its pay (or cost...)
Finish:nice burnt dried-fruit sense, but very short; what lingers is that dry mouthfeel (oak?); nothing complex or layered, at least not immediately evident...i sense there is something here at a more subtle level, but then, maybe 6 years isn't enough time in the right place with the right mashbill recipe to make this something that seems like it costs over $20...
Overall:i don't won't to say this is best in a cocktail. i'd like to say it would actually be good in a cocktail, something i rarely sample. certainly a prime candidate for eggnog! ok, honesty. this is decent with a lower-case d...a drop of water and it's too easily tamed. yes, i admit, a little disappointed. but then, i am a bit more educated and know another priceless tidbit concerning the Heaven Hill signature. Would a key word be vegetal?

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Review from jdewberr (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1014, Created:20080206070003)
Purchased at:NC ABC
Purchased for:$15.00
Info on this bottle:Great Logo
Proof Of this Bottle:103
Nose:Rich and sweet smell, vanilla and clove/nutmeg. Very subtle citrus highlights.
Taste:Interesting, first the fire of a Bourbon gt 90 proof. Next there is a caramel and spice but that citrus element...I might be wrong or my taste buds just work different.
Finish:Lovely....sweet lingering vanilla and dryness.
Overall:Best with one ice cube and a few minutes to mellow. Neat would be a bit strong for the uninitiated.

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 831, Created:20070905130422, Updated:20070905134033)
Purchased at:Pavilion Liquor Store, Myrtle Beach SC
Purchased for:$18
Info on this bottle:Aged 6 years
Proof Of this Bottle:103
Nose:Corn, warming rye, leather, a light touch of wood and caramel, and a whiff of cinnamon will please your sniffer. Very decent and inviting nose with the alcohol asserting itself a bit.
Taste:Corn sweetness quickly followed by some alcohol heat and pepper. The rye spice offsets the alcohol somewhat, making it a very respectable bourbon. There is some weight to FC...... its viscosity carries the richness and sweetness through in spite of the alcohol.
Finish:Moderate to long finish which retains the corn sweetness.
Overall:I'll just have another sip here, I'll have another sip 'cause its good. If you have a faint heart you might want to avoid a round with this rooster.........he has some fight in him. Two spurs up!!

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 390, Created:20060315172428)
Purchased at:Bourbon's Bistro Bar
Purchased for:6.00
Info on this bottle:Standard Bottle
Proof Of this Bottle:103
Nose:Dark fruit and vanilla with some corn and nutmeg spice.
Taste:Rich corn and vanilla witha lot of alcohol heat and oak tannins.
Finish:Dry Oak and vanilla that lingers for a while.
Overall:Not too bad neat, but better in an old fashioned cocktail.

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 160)
Purchased at:Given to me at a bourbon function
Info on this bottle:50 ml bottle
Proof Of this Bottle:103
Nose:Corn silk and fresh mowed hay. A little vanilla and and oak in the background.
Taste:This bourbon has a bit of a firey kick to it. That is follwed with some straong corn flavor with a little vanilla and pepper spice.
Finish:Corn flavor slowly changing to an oak dryness.
Overall:This bourbon has that initial kick that turns a lot of people off, but once you are past that alcohol burn, the flavor is not bad. It definitely helps to add a little water.

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