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In this blog, we'll delve into the exceptional Rabbit Hole Bourbon, contrasting its innovative approach with traditional bourbon-making practices. At Seneca Wine & Liquor, located at 8630 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford, NY, we proudly showcase a handpicked selection of Rabbit Hole's finest expressions. Whether you're a seasoned bourbon enthusiast or just beginning to explore the world of fine spirits, our insights at Seneca Wine & Liquor will guide you through the exquisite craftsmanship and distinct profiles of Rabbit Hole Bourbon.

The Philosophy: Embracing Creativity and Tradition

At the heart of Rabbit Hole Distillery lies a deep-seated philosophy of love, creativity, and an unwavering commitment to authenticity. In an age where digital interactions often overshadow genuine connections, Rabbit Hole emerges as a testament to real-world craftsmanship and passion. The philosophy goes beyond mere bourbon production; it's about resurrecting and celebrating the individualistic spirit of Kentucky's distilling pioneers. This vision is reflected in every aspect of Rabbit Hole's operations, from selecting the finest ingredients to employing innovative distilling techniques. It's a homage to the rich legacy of Kentucky bourbon, reimagined for the modern palate.

Rabbit Hole's Products and Recommendations at Seneca Wine & Liquor:

Rabbit Hole Cavehill 4 Grain Bourbon

Rabbit Hole's Cavehill four-grain bourbon is a masterful blend of balance and complexity. Its unique mash bill comprising corn, malted wheat, honey malted barley, and malted barley, along with meticulous aging in Kelvin Cooperage barrels, crafts a bourbon that is rich, smooth, and resonant with a symphony of flavors. Notes of spice, honey, fresh apples, creamy orange, mint, toasted grain, vanilla, and custard intertwine to create a cornucopia of distinguishable and delightful tastes.

Rabbit Hole Cavehill 4 Grain Bourbon Review from Breaking Bourbon
Strawberry cream, sweet corn, apple fritter, fresh bread, and cinnamon sugar.
Palate: Orange, mint, cereal grain, agave, and mild oak.
Finish: Spice, pepper, toasted oak, vanilla, and a hint of smoke; heats up with a lingering peppery aftertaste.
Overall: Cavehill brings a unique and approachable experience, perfect for those branching out into more complex profiles. Its youthful vigor is balanced by a refreshing array of flavors, making it a delightful sip for both newcomers and seasoned whiskey drinkers alike.
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Rabbit Hole Heigold Bourbon

Named in honor of a German immigrant stonecutter, Heigold embodies the spirit of innovation and adventure. This distinctive bourbon, with its mash bill of corn, malted German rye, and malted barley, is aged for over three years in charred oak barrels. The result is a unique taste profile that harmoniously blends butterscotch, bursts of citrus, and a comforting pepper spice, making it a tribute to creativity and a nod to the adventurous.

Rabbit Hole Heigold Bourbon Review from Breaking Bourbon
Caramel and gingerbread with apricot and a touch of oak.
Palate: Brown sugar and caramel contrast with rye spice and burnt oak; characteristically sweet yet gentle.
Finish: Rye spice surge followed by vanilla, caramel, and gingerbread; medium-length and sweet.
Uniqueness: Its 70% corn, 25% rye, 5% malted barley mashbill and 3-year age statement, along with Kelvin Cooperage barrels, make it unique.
Value: Priced at a premium $70, it's sweet and approachable but faces competition from lower-priced bourbons.
Overall: Heigold presents a developed flavor profile that belies its three-year age. Its sweetness and approachability make it a pleasant sip, but its high price point may deter some, considering available alternatives. Ideal for those seeking a refined, yet distinctly sweet bourbon experience.
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Rabbit Hole Dareringer Bourbon

Dareringer, a testament to Rabbit Hole's modern approach to whiskey-making, is a sweet, spicy wheated bourbon that captivates with its elegant array of flavors. Finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, it presents an intoxicating blend of sherry, caramel, cherry, raisins, currants, almond, and vanilla. Dareringer is not just a whiskey but an invitation to indulge in a world of complex, enchanting flavors.

Rabbit Hole Dareringer Review from Breaking Bourbon
Marmalade, dried fruit, cherry, and raspberry.
Palate: Fruit burst with cherry, raspberry, light oak, sherry, and caramel.
Finish: Increasing spice, wet oak, cherry, red grape, and raisin; medium-length and drying.
Overall: Dareringer is an exemplary showcase of a well-executed sherry cask finish in bourbon. It offers a luxurious, fruit-forward palate that remains anchored in its bourbon identity. This whiskey is a treat for those who appreciate a harmonious balance of classic bourbon sweetness and the richness of sherry cask finishing.
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Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Rye Whiskey

Boxergrail, a Kentucky Straight Rye, stands as a celebration of the rich heritage of rye in American whiskey-making. With a mash bill predominantly of rye and malted barley, it offers a lavish bouquet of spice, brown sugar, butterscotch, complemented by citrus and floral notes. The palate of black tea and sweet spice creates a perfect balance, making Boxergrail an exemplary choice for both classic cocktails and neat enjoyment.

Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Rye Review from Breaking Bourbon
Summer fruits with vanilla, subtle rye spice, and white peppercorn.
Palate: Oak with dry leather, tobacco, light spice, and sweet vanilla.
Finish: Rye spice and dry oak with flashes of vanilla; short and direct.
Overall: Boxergrail Rye stands out as a versatile and balanced whiskey, ideal for both rye enthusiasts and bourbon drinkers exploring rye. While it doesn't break new ground, its harmonious blend of earthiness and sweetness makes it a solid choice for a variety of cocktails.
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The Founder's Journey: From Psychology to Bourbon Mastery

The genesis of Rabbit Hole Distillery is as unique as its bourbon. It began with Kaveh Zamanian, a clinical psychologist with a successful career. However, life took a turn when he met and fell in love with Heather, a native of Louisville. This romance not only changed his life but also ignited his passion for America's native spirit. The allure of bourbon and the rich heritage of Kentucky's distilling tradition captivated him, leading him to an audacious decision. He chose to leave his established career behind and delve into the world of bourbon-making. Zamanian's move to Kentucky, driven by this newfound passion and a dream to create something exceptional, laid the foundation for Rabbit Hole Distillery.

Rekindling Lost Art: A Modern Twist on Traditional Bourbon

Rabbit Hole's approach to bourbon-making is a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation. It's not just about adhering to the tried and tested methods; it's about pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo. Zamanian's background in psychology and his outsider's perspective brought a fresh approach to bourbon crafting. The distillery's innovative mash bills are a testament to this, combining heritage grains with unique flavor profiles. This bold approach results in distinctive bourbon expressions, each telling a different story. These bourbons are more than just spirits; they're a canvas where the artistry of the past meets the ingenuity of the present.

Each bottle of Rabbit Hole bourbon embodies this journey of discovery, creativity, and love. It represents a relentless pursuit of excellence and a tribute to the timeless art of bourbon making. This is the essence of Rabbit Hole – a distillery that's not just making bourbon, but redefining what bourbon can be.

Rabbit Hole Recipes

Bourbon Bramble

2 oz Rabbit Hole Dareringer Bourbon Finished in PX Sherry Casks
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz blackberry liqueur (such as Crème de Mûre)
4-5 fresh blackberries
Club soda
Lemon wheel and fresh blackberries for garnish

Muddle blackberries in a glass, add Rabbit Hole Dareringer Bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and blackberry liqueur. Stir with ice, top with club soda, and garnish with lemon and blackberries.

Dareringer Smash

2 oz. Rabbit Hole Dareringer Bourbon
.75 oz. Yellow Chartreuse
1 Fresh Peach
8 Fresh Mint Leaves

Muddle peach and mint in a shaker, add Dareringer Bourbon and Yellow Chartreuse, shake well. Strain into a glass over ice and garnish with peach and mint.

Wrapping Up

Delving into the distinctive world of Rabbit Hole Bourbon reveals a tapestry of rich flavors, innovative craftsmanship, and a bold reimagining of traditional bourbon-making. This journey not only deepens your appreciation for fine spirits but also enhances your palate with a newfound understanding of bourbon's complexities. Discover more at Seneca Wine & Liquor, conveniently located at 8630 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford, NY. You can also explore our selection online at www.shopsenecawine.com or call us at (315) 724-8672 for personalized guidance. We warmly invite you to visit our store or browse our website to find Rabbit Hole expressions that align with your taste and spirit of adventure.