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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rowan's Creek: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Lock & Key

Rowan's Creek Bourbon
 Rowan's Creek Bourbon
Last week we took a look at the Willett Pot Still bourbon that's on the Bardstown Flight ($16) at the Lock & Key Whiskey Bar on Corporate Boulevard in Baton Rouge. This week we tackle another bourbon on that flight: Rowan's Creek ($10). This Kentucky Bourbon starts with butterscotch and banana on the nose. Perhaps a little like bananas foster, which is never a bad thing. The over-proofed whiskey continues with the banana flavors on the palate. Up front it is like a banana Runt. As the fruit subsides the mid-palate carries flavors of butter cream, followed by a rush of black peppercorn. Wood and alcohol are present as Rowan's Creek presents a big mouth feel with a substantial burn. It opens up nicely and great flavors come though with just a couple drops of water. The finish is long and continues as a oily pepper drip down the throat. It is lingering goodness that ought to be enjoyed. Overall the whiskey has some slight complexity that intrigues even the advanced drinkers. While I think it is just a few notes shy of being amazing, Rowan's Creek is definitely still worth a giving a try.


Rowan's Creek Bourbon
Average Score: 74.75



Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by the Lock & Key Whiskey Bar. Lock & Key has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys available for on premise consumption. This WW feature was scored by Jay Ducote and Blair Loup from Bite and Booze, Arthur Lauck from Lock & Key, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y (though not undrinkable) while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 80 is rather extraordinary and anything above 90 is world class.