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This is Part 2/5 of a recent Heaven Hill tasting I attended where I tried five bourbons. I also had the chance to meet their international representative Mr. Henry Joe.
This exceptional bourbon from Heaven Hill Distilleries is from a single barrel (the Scotch equivalent of single cask) and has spent 18 years in one place becoming sexy. This was one of the first bourbons I had ever tasted and I was hooked!
Nose: Beautifully creamy and elegant. There's french toast and toffee apples dipped in dark honey with a side of gorgeous vanilla infused roasted carrots.
Palate: The creaminess continues with a chocolate waffle and cherries mixture. But the balanced spices are what makes this special. Black pepper, cloves and cumin all come wonderfully together in tiny pinpricks.
Finish: Long with an oily oakiness and mild spices.
This is truly an exceptional bourbon and one of the oldest I've drunk. And let me tell you something. There was a fire 18 years ago at the distillery which wiped out most of the stock so don't expect a new batch of 18 year olds coming out any time soon.