The Great Comeback

The Famous Old Brand's Triumphant Return

Chicken Cock Whiskey has been resurrected, because good spirits never go out of style. With a rich 160-year-old history and a splash of modernization, the products we’ve created are an unsurpassable collection of heritage whiskies.

“It’s rare that I find a bourbon hard to put down these days, but this is a killer that fits the description…”

About Chicken Cock

Chicken Cock Eternal

While Chicken Cock may have taken a sabbatical, James A. Miller’s Chicken Cock legacy was never forgotten. Grain & Barrel Spirits has revived this historic brand and has given new life to The Famous Old Brand while maintaining the quality and legitimacy of the product.

The House Whiskey at The Cotton Club

The Cotton Club, located in Harlem at 142nd St. and Lenox Avenue, featured Chicken Cock as their house whiskey. The Cotton Club was one of the most famous speakeasies in history and hosted some of the jazz era’s most prominent musicians.

The Flavor Profile

Distilled, aged, and bottled in Kentucky, Chicken Cock Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a rich, elegant mahogany color and a nose that’s a nice balance of oak and sweet notes with dried fruit, caramel, and vanilla.

Beer Barrel Select

In the Summer of 2018, we bottled twelve barrels of our award-winning 10 Year Old Double Barrel Bourbon.  We then gave six of those barrels to our friends at Goodwood Brewing in Louisville to finish their delicious Walnut Brown Ale.

Current Staples

Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Distilled, aged, and bottled in Kentucky, Chicken Cock Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a rich, elegant mahogany hue; a nose which balances oak tones with sweet notes of dried fruit, caramel, and vanilla; and a palate that opens with soft tannins. A creamy, almost buttery mouthfeel is complemented by butterscotch notes and toasted oak, resolving with a vanilla finish. At 90 proof, there is a slight, welcome bourbon heat. The bourbon is bottled in a replica of the Prohibition-era Chicken Cock bottle.

90 Proof (45% alc.)

100% distilled, aged, and
bottled in Kentucky

Kentucky Straight Rye

The first Chicken Cock Kentucky Straight Rye in over 70 years is now available for purchase.

90 Proof (45% alc.)

100% distilled, aged, and
bottled in Kentucky

Current Limited Release

15 Year Old Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Whiskey
Master Distiller's Pick

Our Master Distiller, Gregg Snyder, went out in search of a small selection of our very best and oldest barrels, handpicking 10 special barrels for this 15-year-old limited release. Bottled at barrel proof, this powerhouse bourbon was well worth the wait.

• Only 1,350 bottles produced
• Each collectible bottle individually numbered by hand
• Non-chill filtered
• 114 Proof (57% ABV)
• Replica Pre-prohibition Chicken Cock bottle with metal overcap
• Mash bill: 78.5% corn, 13% rye, 8.5% malted barley

Previous Limited Releases

For our second beer barrel finish release, we collaborated again with our friends at Goodwood Brewing in Louisville. Bourbon was the star of the first release, this time around Rye takes center stage. Goodwood used original Chicken Cock Kentucky Straight Bourbon barrels to finish their delicious Blonde Ale. When they were done, we took those barrels back and filled them with our Kentucky Straight Rye. The result is a delicious marriage of sweet bourbon flavor and rye spiciness, with notes of hops.

Chicken Cock Double Barrel Bourbon is our most unique and special limited release. Our Master Distiller selected twelve barrels of this spectacular 10-year-old bourbon, marrying two barrels at a time to create, a truly small batch bourbon.

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Price: $250.00
Barrels/Batches:
 12/6
Bottles: 1,980
Proof: 104 (52% alc/vol)
Mash Bill: 70% Corn, 21% Rye, 9% Malted Barley
Char Levels: #4 on Staves, #2 on Heads
Distilled: Lawrenceburg, IN (2008)
Aged & Bottled: Owensboro, KY

In the Summer of 2019, we bottled twelve barrels of our award-winning 10 Year Old Double Barrel Bourbon.  We then gave six of those barrels to our friends at Goodwood Brewing in Louisville to finish their delicious Walnut Brown Ale.

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Price: $80.00
Barrels/Batches: 6
Bottles: 1,800
Proof: 90 (45% alc/vol)
Distilled: Kentucky
Age: Blend of Kentucky Bourbon aged up to 11.5 years
Finished: Walnut Brown Ale barrels

In celebration of our 160th anniversary we decided to release this limited edition eight year old bourbon from thirty very special, hand-selected barrels. Bottled in a rebirth of one of our Prohibition-era bottles one barrel at a time.

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Price: $100.00
Barrels Released:
 30
Mash Bill: 70% Corn, 21% Rye, 9% Malted Barley
Char Levels: #4 on Staves, #2 on Heads
Distilled: Lawrenceburg, IN (2008)
Aged & Bottled: Owensboro, KY

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL Winner at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

PLATINUM at 2017 consumer-judged SIP Awards

94 POINTS 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge

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Chicken Cock was originally established in 1856 out of Paris, Kentucky. It wasn’t until years later during prohibition, however, that Chicken Cock became popular as the house whiskey of the Cotton Club, one of the most legendary prohibition speakeasies. Because the brand survived through America’s prohibition, they still know how to make whiskey as they did in the good old days.

Newest Chicken Cock Whiskey Finished In Blonde Ale Barrels

The new Chicken Cock Ryeteous Blonde rye whiskey, according to those behind it, was finished in Chicken Cock Kentucky Straight Bourbon barrels that were used by Goodwood to age their blonde ale. Once the ale had completed its finishing process in the Chicken Cock Bourbon barrels and the beer removed for consumption, the barrels were then shipped back to the distillery and refilled with the rye whiskey.

Chicken Cock Whiskey Brand Debuts A Straight Rye Whiskey

The new Chicken Cock Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, according to those behind it, It was 100% distilled, aged, and bottled in the Bluegrass State, and has a mash bill that includes 95% rye whiskey. It is also non-chill filtered and bottled at 90 proof (45% ABV).
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