Rowan’s Creek was introduced in the mid 1990s as part of Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Boutique Bourbon Collection.
The name derives from the creek, which runs through Willett Distillery grounds, named after John Rowan, 19th Century politician and statesman, whose family lived in Bardstown, Kentucky. Originally Rowan’s Creek was bottled as 12 years old, few years ago the company dropped age destination. It is unknown, which Kentucky distillery supply bourbon for the brand, in fact it could be more than one, since the owners of KBD, the Kulsveen family, has had access to whiskey from pretty much every major Kentucky producer. In 2011 Rowan’s Creek scored gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition.
Nose: classic bourbon, caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate, apples, pears, raisins, hints of tobacco and leather and bunch of garden herbs.
Palate: caramel, vanilla, walnuts, prunes, dried cranberries, toasted rye bread, pepper, nutmeg and oak tannins in the background.
Finish: long and pretty spicy, nutmeg, allspice, roasted nuts and dried fruit.