Chicken Cock Whiskey Revives a Historic Label

During the American prohibition, speakeasies thrived and so too did illegal booze. At the legendary Cotton Club, Chicken Cock became the house whiskey of choice. Established in 1856 and alternately known as “The Famous Old Brand”, the quality spirit was smuggled into the club inside tin cans. When Prohibition ended, the distillery legally continued to thrive until WWII (and then later, a fire) drove it out of business. Now, Florida-based spirits brand Grain & Barrel has brought this iconic label back from the dead and to considerable acclaim.

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Distilled, aged, and bottled (at 90 proof) in Kentucky, Chicken Cock Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey imparts a pure amber colour and a creamy, layered taste. Calling upon straight bourbon’s most classic tenants, the nose delivers aromas of oak, dried fruit, and vanilla. That gives way to a buttery mouthfeel and notes of toasted oak and light butterscotch. A mellow finish keeps the profile going before leaving traces of vanilla in its wake. Rich and smooth, the whiskey makes for a tasty sipper or the base ingredient in a delicious Old Fashioned or Manhattan.

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To round out its heritage vibe, Chicken Cock comes in a replica-style bottle that takes direct cues from its original Prohibition-era predecessor. It’s the latest move from Grain & Barrel Spirits, which has come a long way over the course of just seven years. Along with Chicken Cock, the brand owns the massively popular Dixie Southern Vodka, aka the ninth fastest-growing spirit in the U.S., as well as The Endless Summer Spirits Company. Of course, whiskey is where our heart is and so we can’t wait to see where Chicken Cock goes from here.

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