Noah's Mill Bourbon Review
A nice take on the classic bourbon profile. A bourbon that all whiskey drinkers can enjoy.
Type: Bourbon whiskey
Distillery: Distilled in Kentucky, bottled by Noah's Mill Distilling Company
Age: Not stated
The bottle used for this review is from batch QBC 18-8
Rusty gold. There's a bit of a red tint and giving the glass a nice swirl reveals pretty decent legs.
Sweet with the classic profile of vanilla and caramel jumping out. The nose shows some heat, which wasn't unexpected at 114 proof. There's a nutty twist and a hint of florals. There's nothing unusual or unexpected going on, but this is a really pleasant example of the common notes in bourbon.
What sticks out first is the smoothness. In my experience, bourbon that's well above 100 proof but can be bought for $50 in today's market is frequently aggressive and even abrasive with the heat. This isn't one of those whiskeys. The flavors come through and the heat does a good job of accenting them, rather than overpowering. The nuttiness from the nose sticks around on the palate, followed up by a mellow corn note. Vanilla and oak come next with a tad of peppery spice. There's a bit of a bitter, tannic element to the overall pour, but oddly enough it works well with the other flavors. That's usually a negative for me on a bourbon, but here it fits nicely.
The finish is long, longer than I expected, and comes with a dry characteristic like wine. There's a definite rye note on the back end along with the right dose of oak. The burn is gentle at first but sticks around for a bit and kicks up as it goes down.
I can't put my finger on exactly what it is that I like about this bourbon, but it just works. Sometimes when you pour a glass and take that first sip, you don't pick up on anything in particular, you just immediately know you either like it or it's not for you. I like this one. There's nothing incredibly unique going on or any one specific flavor that jumps out of the glass, but it's got some complexity. It has the traditional bourbon characteristics most people look for, it packs some heat, yet it drinks with the smoothness of a whiskey with a much lower proof. This is one of those bourbons that's a good fit for bourbon drinkers of all types, from beginners to even the most sophisticated palates. This may not make it into your favorite bourbon list, although I wouldn't argue if it did, but it's not going to disappoint anybody. With the $50 price point seeming more and more reasonable with all the price increases going on lately, I recommend always having this stocked in your cabinet and ready to go.
This is a general guide of what I consider each score range
4.75 - 5.00: Phenomenal. Hard to imagine anything better. Acquire at any cost
4.25 - 4.50: Excellent. I'll camp out to get a bottle if necessary
3.75 - 4.00: Great stuff. I'll buy backups if not too expensive
3.25 - 3.50: Good stuff. Try to keep one on the bar, but don't spend too much
2.75 - 3.00: Not bad. I don't regret the purchase, but may not buy another
2.25 - 2.50: Sub-par. I regret the purchase. Reserved for mixed drinks.
1.75 - 2.00: Bad. I'll struggle to finish the bottle. May not want it in cocktails.
0.00 - 1.50: Drain-pour. Something seems wrong with it. Get it away from me.