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Noah’s Mill bourbon comes to us from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (KBD). They don’t distill this. Rather, they buy barrels of bourbon and blend them. It used to be a blend where the youngest bourbon was 15 years. Nowadays, this doesn’t have an age statement. I bought this on recommendation of an employee at Martin’s Wine Cellar, a New Orleans area wine & spirits store. Honestly, the green bottle with the handwritten-like label got lost on the shelf for me. My eyes were never drawn to it.
Aroma-wise, you get a little mustiness and a little caramel. Taste-wise – wow, this sucker is hot! At 114.3 proof, Noah’s Mill bourbon packs a punch. As soon as you sip it, your taste buds get knocked around with heat… sort of like eating a pepper (think cayenne). It’s viscous and coats your mouth. There’s an oaky smell to it, and you can taste it. The finish on it is spicy, dry, and lasts a little while.
At a price tag of north of $40, Noah’s Mill isn’t exactly cheap, but it really isn’t overpriced. If you’re looking for a sweet bourbon, look elsewhere. Noah’s Mill is strong, spicy & woody. I’m glad I bought this bourbon, but I wouldn’t rush to replace this bottle when it’s empty. It’s not a “daily sipper” for me, but I do enjoy when I drink it.
Edit 3/05/15: After a few months I’ve returned to Noah’s Mill, and a little air time in the bottle helped mellow this out a bit. Trying it again, I get more sweetness than when I first opened the bottle. I like this a lot more than before.