It has been too long since I have paid proper attention to the title of this blog. Afterall, it isn’t just a beer blog, no, it is a Beer and Whiskey blog! I’ve been a little focused on beer lately, so I want to reclaim our whiskey readers! I can think of no better way to do this than to discuss the merits of Noah’s Mill whiskey, a 114 proof whiskey that is aged 9 years in oak and quite possibly the best whiskey I can’t get here in Idaho.
I first ran into Noah’s Mill about two years ago on a trip I made to New Orleans. I had dinner at Bourbon House in the French Quarter, and they had bourbon flights. Noah’s Mill was the star of the flight, and I was on the hunt for it from that point on. So this summer when I came across it at Ray’s Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI on a trip to visit my folks, I picked it up. It’s not a cheap bourbon, the fifth cost about $45, but it is worth every penny.
This is an interesting whiskey, it is big like you might expect from a 114 proof bourbon, but it is also very smooth. It is light on fruity sweetness and heavy on the tobacco and leather. My brother Jim nailed the description of this when we were drinking it in Wisconsin. He said it was all finish and not a lot up front. He is correct in the fact that it is heavy on finish flavors. Typically a bourbon will start out with a sweetness and then finish with the tobacco and leather, not Noah’s Mill, it’s like eating desert first.
It immediately goes to leather and tobacco with just an ever so slight caramel sweetness to keep it from tasting ashy like some Scotch Whiskeys can. The actual finish on this whiskey is bright and long lasting, about 45 seconds, and leaves a nice warming sensation in the chest. This is a GREAT cigar Bourbon!
This is a small batch whiskey from the folks at Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. Unfortunately none of their products have been “approved” for the State of Idaho. I guess they just don’t politic too well. That is definitely my loss, as this is a superior whiskey that I absolutely love. KBD also distills another favorite of mine the Willett Bourbon brand. They also have Rowan’s Creek, Pure Kentucky-XO, and Kentucky Vintage to round out their small batch offerings.
Noah’s Mill I’m sure won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved this unique and delicious bourbon. If you want a bourbon that is big on flavor and finish this is a good one to try. It will set you back a few sheckles but it is way worth the cost in my opinion. So go ahead, eat your cake first, or better yet light up that after desert Stogy and enjoy!