Our Whiskey

160th Anniversary Limited Release

Our 160th Anniversary Limited Release is bottled in a replica of a pre-prohibition Chicken Cock bottle discovered at the Lexington Visitor’s Center. It’s truly a work of art. We’ll release 30 barrels total, one at a time, starting with the most special of all – Barrel #1. Bottles from this Barrel will ONLY be sold online, first come, first served.

Single Barrel 8 Year Old Bourbon

Chicken Cock 160th Anniversary Single Barrel 8 Year Old Bourbon

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL at the prestigious 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Barrels Released: 30
Mash Bill: 70% Corn, 21% Rye, 9% Malted Barley
Char Levels: #4 on Staves, #2 on Heads
Distilled: Lawrenceburg, IN (2008)
Aged & Bottled: Owensboro, KY

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Reserve Collection

Our reserve collection represents the first new bourbon and rye to bear the Chicken Cock name in over 50 years. Each pays homage to our rich history, some of it legit, a little bit of it illicit!

Bootlegger’s Reserve

Chicken Cock Whiskey Bootlegger’s Reserve

 

Winner of a Gold Medal at the 2016 CRAFT Spirits Awards.

Proof: 90 (45% alc.)
Mash Bill: 51% Rye, 45% Corn, 4% Malted Barley
Char Level: 4
Origin: Kentucky and Indiana
Bottled: N. Charleston, SC

Tasting Notes:
Beverage Testing Institute (Tastings.com)
87 Points – Silver Medal (Highly Recommended)
Gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of honeyed dried fruits, peach cobbler, roasted nuts, and white chocolate mint with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long leather, sandalwood, baking spices, and cream finish. A rock solid blended whisky that will be very versatile.

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Heritage Reserve

Chicken Cock Whiskey Heritage Reserve

 

Winner of Silver Medals at the 2016 CRAFT Spirits Awards and San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Proof: 90 (45% alc.)
Mash Bill: 75% Corn, 21% Rye, 4% Malted Barley
Char Level: 4
Origin: Indiana and Kentucky
Bottled: N. Charleston, SC

Tasting Notes:
Beverage Testing Institute (Tastings.com)
88 Points – Silver Medal (Highly Recommended)
Brilliant gold color. Sweet aromas and flavors of corn pudding, kettle corn, spiced figs and dried stone fruits, and coconut with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a vanilla buttercream, tobacco, pepper, and charcoal finish. A spicy, snappy, oaky bourbon that will mix well.

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Our Process

Like many of our forebearers we are blenders not producers. That may change in the future, but as of today we have the honor of working with some of the best whiskey producers around. For these blends we decided to go for a lighter style whiskey. That means younger whiskey, finished in new oak barrels at our home in Charleston, South Carolina. The results are easy drinking whiskeys that lend themselves to one heck of a cocktail or that can be equally enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

 

our-heritage

A Legend Returns

Originally established in 1856 in Paris, Kentucky, Chicken Cock quickly became one of the larger bourbon brands of the 19th century. Forced to move production to Canada when Prohibition started, Chicken Cock was smuggled across the border in tin cans, where it rose to fame as a popular serve at some of the era’s most famous speakeasies, including the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem.

At the Cotton Club, when patrons ordered a “Chicken Cock,” waiters would present the tin can tableside and ceremoniously open it to reveal the bottle of Chicken Cock Whiskey inside. Duke Ellington writes about Chicken Cock in his memoirs, referring to the “brand that was served in a tin can.” At a rumored $15 per bottle Chicken Cock wasn’t for the light of pocket, but it was a small price to pay to secure a prime table near some of the greatest musicians of the era.

After prohibition, multiple attempts were made to bring “the famous old brand” back to its former glory, but shifting drinking habits caused it, along with many significant American Whiskey brands of the 19th and early 20th centuries, to disappear. It is thus with great pride that we have the honor to reintroduce to the world this once famous (and we hope soon to be famous again) brand, paying homage to its great history while embracing the future with a bold new look and flavor.

Our Heritage