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

2022 LIMITED RELEASE

Island Rooster

Island Rooster is a limited edition Kentucky Straight Rye finished in rum barrels. Inspired by a trip to the Caribbean, where roosters announce the coming day, we decided to finish 25 barrels of our Signature Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey in Caribbean rum casks. The result is a relaxing blend of spicy notes from the rye with candied molasses notes from the rum barrels. Sun and sand meets the Bluegrass state. Cheers!

• 47.5% ABV or 95 proof
• Mash Bill: 95% Rye and 5% Malted Barley

ChickenCockWhiskey Seal

Previous Limited Releases

2022 LIMITED RELEASE

20 YEAR OLD COTTON CLUB RYE

This replica pre-prohibition era collectible tin honors our rich history and limited-time-only return to a period where Chicken Cock ventured north in order to carry on its tradition of bringing high quality whiskey to patrons across the country.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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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Classic Old Fashioned

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Sazerac Cocktail

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Classic Manhattan

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Review: Chicken Cock Cotton Club Rye 20 Years Old

Grain & Barrel Spirits, the company behind the Chicken Cock brand’s revival, continues to push the brand upmarket, releasing limited expressions of all kinds of (sourced) whiskeys, revolving around bourbon and rye. This latest expression is a doozy: A 20 year old Canadian rye named in honor of Harlem’s Cotton Club, where the original Chicken Cock was the house whiskey back in the 1920s and ’30s.

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