Review #847 – Hooker’s House Sonoma Style High Rye Pinot Noir Finished Bourbon

Review #847 | /r/Bourbon Review #453 – Hooker’s House Sonoma Style High Rye Pinot Noir Finished Bourbon

The Schtick: This is an interesting whiskey, sourced from Kentucky and finished, then barreled, by Prohibition Spirits under the Hooker’s House line. It is 4 years old, before it makes a hop and a skip over to California for a 9 month stay in Schug Pinot Noir barrels. It features a pretty robustly rye forward mashbill, clocking in at 54% corn and 46% rye.

This is Day #13 in the Craft Whiskey Crackdown. Here is the terrain covered thus far:

Distiller: Undisclosed Kentucky Distiller

Bottler: HelloCello (Prohibition Spirits)

ABV: 50% ABV

Age: NAS

Nose: Corn, wet grass, caramel, honey, cocoa, skittles candy, confectioners sugar. Jammy.

Taste: Thin, mild heat, floral, grassy. Young, but without a super musty, disgusting cardboard note. Jammy fruits, wine is evident. Like a young bourbon and a juicy oregon Pinot met in an alley. Caramel, some faint oak.

Finish: Short, some caramel, oak, tobacco, brown sugar, jammy cherry.

Overall: Not bad, but not great. Still a bit young and it shows, but there’s enough wine influence and oak to fend off the crap craft young notes. If this was double the age, I bet they would be in great shape.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 4



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