Hancock's President’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon
Every family has at least one member they don’t acknowledge publicly. For what’s said to be the mash bill number two bourbons made by Buffalo Trace, that unacknowledged member is Hancock’s President’s Reserve single barrel bourbon. Other brands of the mash bill number two family include Blanton’s, Elmer T. Lee, Rock Hill Farms, and Ancient Age.
The relationship between mash bill number two bourbons and Buffalo Trace is a bit convoluted. While Age International Inc. owns the labels, Buffalo Trace makes the bourbon and distributes in the United States. However, Buffalo Trace only acknowledges Blanton’s, Elmer T. Lee, and Ancient Age on its website.
So, scarcity of information on Hancock’s President’s Reserve should not come as a surprise. About the only information provided regarding Hancock’s is that it is named after Hancock Lee, co-founder of Leesburg, Kentucky. While Hancock’s is not a limited release bourbon, finding it may present a challenge simply because many stores and bars are not aware of its existence.
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.