Hancock's President's Reserve Bourbon
Buffalo Trace bottles Hancock’s as a single barrel expression at 88.9 proof (the lowest proof among single barrel mash bill number two bourbons), with no age statement. As mentioned in previous reviews, Buffalo Trace’s mash bill number two includes approximately 12-15% rye grain, which is the highest rye content mash bill of their bourbon offerings.
Appearance: Hancock’s Reserve appears soft amber brown in the glass with medium legs.
Nose: Classic bourbon notes of vanilla, sweet corn, and a light toasted pecan note dominate the nose. Secondary floral notes and light cedar make an appearance.
Palate: Hancock’s Reserve leads off the front of the palate with warm notes of cinnamon and lighter notes of dark fruits, such as plum and cherry. In the mid-palate, the cinnamon notes turn to pepper and oak with light vanilla notes balancing the slightly dry and bitter notes of oak.
The finish becomes slightly dry, with the pepper and oak notes and light caramel. Overall, the flavor profile is pretty balanced all the way through, and makes for a nice sipping bourbon in the spirit of Blanton’s and Elmer T. Lee.