Noah’s Mill is bottled by Willett from aged stocks sourced from other distilleries. Willett has been sourcing whiskey from other distilleries for decades and have mastered the art of marrying bourbons together to create excellent flavor profiles for their brands. Eventually these brands will be filled with whiskey made at the distillery and the flavor profile will drift but my experience so far is that it will be a positive drift. What distillery or distilleries provide the whiskey for Noah’s Mill is a secret of the trade kept close to the vest by the people at Willett. The important thing is not where the whiskey came from but what the Kulsveens have done with the whiskey to create this wonderful nectar of the gods.
Evan Kulsveen and his son Drew are masters of the art of creating unique and flavorful whiskey profiles. Noah’s Mill is no exception. I have found it to be a Bourbon that is full of flavor and yet very approachable even at its high proof. It is a small batch Bourbon and this bottle happens to be Batch Number 1723. The brand has been around for decades and is a popular brand with many bartenders that I know. Full flavor that works well in many cocktails.
Noah’s Mill Small Batch Bourbon
Nose: Sweet caramel and baking spices with a hint of ripe fruit – apples or pears.
Taste: Caramel apples and cinnamon with a hint of tobacco and oak. Tasted with a cranberry brings out the fruit and tames the oak and spice. Tasted with the pecan brings out some cherry and berry fruit and oak.
Finish: Not long but pleasant. Starts sweet but dries out with oak and pecans. The cranberry makes the finish start spicy with cinnamon but then dry with lots of oak. The pecan makes the finish very dry with oak tannins.
Notes: This Bourbon has some very bold flavors that goes well with food or all types. I like this one in particularly with a chocolate dessert and my pipe. The Bourbon enhances the experience of both. With my pipe the smoke makes the Bourbon very creamy and fruity while the Bourbon enhances the chocolate notes in the Kremer’s Black Royal that I normally smoke.
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