Hancock’s President’s Reserve was introduced in 1991 by Ancient Age Distillery (now Buffalo Trace Distillery).
It is unclear who the whisky is named after, some sources mention Hancock Taylor, a man who surveyed Leestown and was killed by native Americans in 1774, while the others point to Hancock McAffee, one of the first European settlers at the site now occupied by Buffalo Trace Distillery. The whiskey is distilled in Buffalo Trace using mashbill # 2 (with higher rye content, 12-15%) and bottled as single barrel however the company does not reveal any barrel details. The brand is still owned by the Japanese company Age International, former owners of the distillery.
Nose: buttered toast, vanilla, toffee, caramel, nougat, marzipan, cinnamon, mint, hints of leather and toasted oak.
Palate: smooth, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, butterscotch, honey, roasted almonds and nuts, dash of pepper and delicate oaky bitterness.
Finish: pretty long, with notes of vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and oak.