The 2017 Jim Murray Whisky Bible ratings are out, and not one, but three of Rock Town Distillery’s whiskeys scored the rating of “Liquid Gold.” Located in Little Rock, Rock Town is Arkansas’ first legal distillery since prohibition. The distillery was the winner of the 2015 US Micro Whisky of the Year in the 2015 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
The Whisky Bible is a leading whisky guide, each edition containing over 4,600 detailed, professionally analyzed and easy to understand tasting notes on the world’s leading and lesser known whiskies. Those whiskeys that made the grade of 94 or higher (out of 100), are awarded the coveted Liquid Gold Award.
“To receive these ratings on three different whiskeys is a tremendous achievement” said distillery founder and head distiller Phil Brandon, “I'm so proud of our team and what our little distillery in Arkansas has be able to achieve in its short 6-year history.”
Get to know these three attention-worthy whiskeys:
Arkansas Rye Whiskey: This whiskey received a “brilliant” 95.5 out of 100. It is slowly distilled from a mash of 52% Arkansas grown rye grain, 38% Arkansas grown corn and 10% malted barley and also won a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition earlier this year. About this whiskey, Murray said that it “will give any rye lover a serious hard on” and that “one can only swoon. Brilliant!”
Arkansas Barley Bourbon: This bourbon came from Rock Town’s Flavor Grain Series and earned a “fabulous” 95 out of 100. To create this bourbon, un-malted barley was used instead of the typical rye or wheat. The mashbill is 60% corn, 30% un-malted barley and 10% malted barley. The review calls it "Irish whiskey meets bourbon" and describes the flavor as "the extraordinary dispersal of crisp sugars, the mouth-watering qualities, the spices, the chocolate….fabulous!". This bourbon is only available for purchase at the distillery.
Single Barrel Bourbon: A “superb” bourbon, this offering from barrel #337 of Rock Town's Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon Whiskey earned a 94 out of 100. It was described as "exploding with character and flavour."