Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Noah's Mill: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Lock & Key

Noah's Mill Bourbon
Noah's Mill Bourbon
The third bourbon in the Bardstown Flight ($16) at the Lock & Key Whiskey Bar is a beast: Noah's Mill. Following Willett Pot Still and Rowan's Creek, the Noah's Mill ($10) is even higher proofed, giving it a flaring sting on the nostrils. The potent leathery aroma packed a good punch in the face in every delightful way. Tobacco, lavender, and oak also filled the nose. Upon hitting the lips the bourbon is a flamethrower when uncut. The high proof provides a significant burn with cloves and vanilla present. The addition of some big spice flavors accents the nearly chewy texture of the whiskey as the weighty and oily mouthfeel coats the tongue. The finish remains long and unruly but in a way that every bourbon drinker will enjoy. When cut with water the whiskey reveals some finer nuanced flavors with a bit of honeysuckle. This whiskey provides a true experience to the drinker. It is a big brother and heavy hitter type of bourbon. Noah's Mill is a delicate flower with intricate flavors and impressive fire. Try it on your own accord. And love it.

Noah's Mill Bourbon
Average Score: 86.5

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.

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