Rock Hill Farms
In 1897, Colonel Albert Blanton began his 55 years of tenure with Buffalo Trace (then Old Fire Copper Distillery and later George T. Stagg Distillery) at the ripe age of 16 as an office boy. He essentially grew up at the distillery, living on an adjacent piece of land called Rock Hill Farm. With a strong work ethic, Blanton climbed the ranks to superintendent within 4 years, then president 9 years later. He led the George T. Stagg Distillery through Prohibition, the Great Depression, and the Ohio River flood of 1937. All of these accomplishments, and his middle name was “Bacon.” He won.
Rock Hill Farms bourbon, named after Blanton’s home, utilizes Buffalo Trace’s mash bill #2. This recipe is also used in Ancient Age, Blanton's, Elmer T. Lee, Hancock's President's Reserve and A. Smith Bowman Distillery’s John J. Bowman. Like many of the other #2s, RHF is bottled and sold as a single barrel bourbon, a practice pioneered by the late Col. Blanton himself.
Buffalo Trace Distillery
$62 at ABC in Richmond, VA
Color: Deep, vibrant copper.
Nose: Sweet. Maple, caramel candy, vanilla, and honey, with traces of cherry cobbler.
Tasting Notes: A quick but pleasant warming, rye bite - you get every bit of that 100 proof. I picked up on some maple, sweet honey, and vanilla oak. Overall very smooth. I tossed a drop of water in to experiment but it took too much away – stay neat my friends.
Overall: B+. This is a solid single barrel bourbon. It’s a bit pricey at $60 and can be hard to find, however, the quality, the nice looking glass top decanter, and the nod to Col. Blanton all make this a must-grab in my opinion. Cheers!