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.
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.
The world of American whiskey is an incredibly exciting place right now. Every time I visit a distillery somewhere in the United States, I am regularly stunned not just by the variety and quality of the operations, but by the sheer vision and—often—chutzpah of the people who had the guts to bring their ideas to such delicious fruition.