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Noah’s Mill vs Rowan’s Creek: Discover the Better!

Discover the differences between Noah’s Mill vs Rowan’s Creek in this in-depth comparison and decide which bourbon is better for You!

Noah’s Mill

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NoseEthanol, dark fruit, cinnamon, vanilla, oak
PalateNuts, citrus, cinnamon, burnt caramel, dark fruit
FinishLong, caramel and dark fruit
Alcohol content114 proof (57% ABV)
How to drinkAdd water, rocks
Similar toBlanton’s, Booker’s, Willett Pot Still

The nose kicks-off with a blast of alcohol. Dark fruit, cinnamon, vanilla and oak pop-out as you let it breathe.

On the palate, the Noah’s Mill provides a good creamy texture. The first sip has some heat to it, but is not harsh.

There are hints of roasted nuts, citrus, cinnamon, burnt caramel, dark fruit and the right amount of oak making it quite tasty.

The finish is long, with pleasant warmth, is mostly sweet with rich burnt caramel presence, dark fruit and a tad of oak.

Adding a dash of water tunes-down the heat while releasing sweetness and a touch of roasted nuts on the finish.

Noah’s Mill is pleasantly warm, but warm, nonetheless. Rich in dark fruit that appears from end to end, along caramel sweetness and well balanced against oak, cinnamon and roasted nuts.

Very enjoyable, drinks very nicely, and a solid choice for those like me who like spirits full of character.

There are a few facts worth knowing about the Noah’s Mill:

  • The mash bill is undisclosed.
  • Noah’s Mill had a 15 year age statement but is now a blend of 4 to 15 year old whiskeys.
  • Just 20 casks are used in the blend.
  • This bourbon is bottled at the Willett’s Distillery and apparently sourced from other Kentucky distilleries.
  • Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2012.

Rowan’s Creek

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NoseCaramel, brown sugar, oak
PalateDark fruit, vanilla, rye spice, brown sugar, oak
FinishDry, oak, apple peel
Alcohol content100 proof (50% ABV)
How to drinkAdd water, rocks
Similar toBlanton’s, Willett Pot Still

Rowan’s Creek is light and sweet on the nose, with hints of caramel, brown sugar and a whiff of oak.

On the palate, you get fruity sweetness up-front, with hints of vanilla and brown sugar. There is also a fair amount of rye spice and oak providing good balance to the pour.

The finish has a medium-length, somewhat dry, with hints of oak and apple peel and very little warmth to it.

Rowan’s Creek is light and inoffensive, mostly sweet with just enough rye spice to bring balance and make it tasty.

It makes a very good job at hiding the 100 proof as it has no heat.

It reminds me a bit of the Basil Hayden’s, but the Rowan’s Creek is better as it has more body and proof and does not have the traditional peanut note of every Jim Beam Whiskey.

Rowan’s Creek makes a good choice when in the mood for a non-complex, easy drinker.

There are a few facts worth knowing about the Rowan’s Creek:

  • Rowan’s Creek had a 12 year age statement but was removed to extend availability.
  • This bourbon is a blend of 4 different whiskeys.
  • Bourbon 1: 72% corn, 17% and 15% malted barley.
  • Bourbon 2: 79% corn, 7% rye and 15% malted barley.
  • Bourbon 3:  52% corn, 38% and 10% malted barley.
  • Bourbon 4: 65% corn, 20% wheat and 15% malted barley.
  • The whiskeys in the blend are sourced from other distilleries.

What do Noah’s Mill and Rowan’s Creek have in common?

Both brands, along Willett are owned by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (KBD) a private family-owned and operated company.

These bourbons are not produced at their own distillery but sourced from other distilleries from the state of Kentucky.

Noah’s Mill vs Rowan’s Creek: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

WhiskeyPrice
Noah’s Mill $60
Rowan Creek$47

Noah’s Mill vs Rowan’s Creek: Which is better?

Noah’s Mill is incredibly good, while Rowan’s Creek is easier to drink

Both are good and serve different purposes:

  • Noah’s Mill is way complex and flavorful than the Rowan’s Creek yet warmer making a more demanding dram. It can easily be tuned-down with a dash of water, though.
  • Rowan’s Creek is an easier drinker, reminds me of the Basil Hayden’s a bit, but this one is much better as the Basil Hayden’s is a watered-down pour.
  • Both drams have a place in a well stocked cabinet. The Noah’s Mill when in the mood for something tasty to warm the chest while the Rowan’s Creek is the bourbon to go when looking for something easy yet somewhat interesting.

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