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Cock of the Walk

IMPORTANT: I am still researching this one. The details below are active notes, and haven’t been validated or edited. Any leads are appreciated!

Managed to find a bit more info from Gemor and a contact in Japan. 

This is from Allied Lomar, bottled by Bardstown’s Willett Distillery (formerly KBD). In the early 1990s, they released various aging years 12, 15, and 17 in Japan. It was a premium brand and highly regarded.  Earlier bottles shared a label and differentiated age and proof with a small neck sticker. Later bottles stated rhe age and proof on a full neck wrap label. They released a 20 and 25 year in 1999.  The label disappeared in the early 2000’s.

It’s a blended bourbon. Blended, aged, and bottled at KBD. Rumored to be a blend of aged pre-fire Heaven hill and aged Old Bardstown stocks. Another rumor has the older ages as being sourced from Old Boone.

Producer’s Description

“You can proudly pour this premium spirit rich with flavor and history. We take pride in offering one of the finest bottles of whiskey available, and hope that you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoyed making it. Very truly yours, The Folks at Cock of the Walk”

Distiller: Heaven Hill, Old Bardstown Distillery (rumor), Old Boone (rumor)
Bottler: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers for Allied Lomar
Assumed Name: Cock of the Walk Distilling Co.
Designation: Blended Bourbon Whiskey
Release Category: Discontinued
When Available:  early 1990s – early 2000s
Market:  Japan, Europe
Bottle Size(s):  750ml, 700ml
Trading Tier: Med, Med-High
Proof(s): 86 – 108
Age(s): NAS – 25yr
Quality:  Excellent

Releases

NAS “Dry”, white label, squat bottle – 86 Proof, 750ml
8-year-old, tan label, age on neck label – 86 Proof, 750ml

12-year-old, tan label, age on neck label – 86 Proof, 750ml
12-year-old, white label, gold cap – 114 Proof, 750ml

12-year-old, white label, gold cap – 90 Proof, 750ml
12-year-old, white label, black top – 114 Proof, 750ml
15-year-old, tan label, red wax – 101 Proof, 700ml
15-year-old, white label, black cap – 101 Proof, 750ml
17-year-old, (label color?) – 114 proof, 750ml
20-year-old, red wax – 94 Proof, 750ml
25-year-old, green wax – 90 Proof, 750m

Reviews

“This [15-year-old, red wax] is one of the best American whiskies I’ve tasted and probably one of the best whiskies overall. I wish I could buy this stuff on the shelf. So damn good.” – Reddit user, 2017

Sources

  • https://www.reddit.com/r/bourbon/comments/68r3w5/15_year_cock_of_the_walk/
  • https://www.straightbourbon.com/community/topic/26595-info-on-cock-of-the-walk-15yr/
  • https://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/lot/153995/cock-walk-12-year-old-bourbon-whiskey-1990s
  • http://www.sakedori.com/s/bourbonwhiskey/event/16559.html

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