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Review: Rabbit Hole Cavehill, Dareringer, and Boxergrail (2022)

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Ceaselessly in the past, again in 2019, after we reviewed Rabbit Gap’s Heigold Bourbon, we up to date you on the distillery’s rebranding earlier that yr through which the unique bourbon, rye, and PX completed bourbon every obtained some new duds together with a brand-new title. At a current sit-down with Rabbit Gap’s founder, Kaveh Zamanian, we tasted by recent bottlings of the core lineup and found that excess of packaging had modified since our initial reviews in 2017. These earliest merchandise had been contract distilled and bottled at simply over two years outdated. However since opening the doorways to their very own distillery in downtown Louisville in 2018, Rabbit Gap has been producing all the things in-house and as of this yr, all the things is being bottled at just below 4 years outdated. We thought that warranted a recent take a look at the unique lineup. Ideas comply with.

Rabbit Gap Cavehill Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2022) –  As a refresher, it is a 4 grain, triple malt bourbon comprised of 70% corn, 10% malted wheat, 10% malted barley, and 10% honey malted barley. Not almost as restrained and fortunately now lacking that menthol character, the aroma right here is extra fully-formed with bready notes of uncooked honey and baked apples. The grain nonetheless lurks a bit beneath all of it with candy cornflakes, however the richness of the malt and baking spice make it nearly irrelevant. The palate nonetheless maintains a youthful, rustic edge, however a honeyed texture and a few wood-driven spice assist to distract from that. Notes of orange marmalade and buttery cinnamon toast reveal a complexity missing within the older bottlings, whereas notes of tobacco and darkish baking chocolate linger on the end with a bit extra tannic grip, suggesting age has been a buddy to this one however which might additionally take it even additional. 95 proof. B+ / $46  [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

Rabbit Gap Dareringer Straight Bourbon Completed in PX Sherry Casks (2022) – Once we first encountered this one in 2019, it was a sourced six-year-old product, however the aroma on this youthful, house-distilled model one way or the other reveals extra rounded maturity with silky caramel notes, marzipan, and sultry darkish fruits that intensify as issues open within the glass. The palate is significantly richer and higher balanced than its predecessor with an preliminary burst of juicy raisin and darkish berries joined ultimately by some slivered almonds and dried orange peel. Issues stay fairly lush till the end the place all that fruit begins to dry out with lingering notes of cocktail cherry and damp oak. 93 proof. A- / $80 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

Rabbit Gap Boxergrail Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (2022) – Rabbit Gap’s Kentucky tackle the venerable 95/5 rye recipe, this whiskey is maybe probably the most unchanged from the earliest lineup. Which is an efficient factor. Rather less brash on the nostril, the additional years of growing old have clearly given the aroma extra wood-driven sweetness with notes of caramel-kissed rye spice, muddled mint, and torched sugar. The palate is maybe a contact much less candy than the unique with extra woody spice including a pleasant distinction to the sweeter, fruitier notes, banana chips, sweet apple, and lemon peel amongst them. The end is a contact dry however lingers with spicy gingerbread, tea leaves, and funky wintergreen. 95 proof. A- / $59 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

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Rabbit Gap Dareringer Straight Bourbon Completed in PX Sherry Casks (2022)

$80

Score


9.0/10

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