DISTILLER: Heaven Hill Distillery
MASH BILL: 78% corn, 10% rye, 12% malted barley
AGE: 17 Years
- PROOF: 118.2 Proof (59.1% ABV)
SHARE WITH: Any serious whiskey fan, especially those who like older bourbon.
OVERALL: This is a delicious mature whiskey, far from overly oaked and heaped with complexity and nuance. The nose is loaded with cooked dark cherries, warm dark chocolate, macaron, green apple and Juicy Fruit gum. On the palate it’s rich and mouth-coating, not drying at all. Surprises like dried strawberries and Cap’n Crunch Cereal (think sweet-sweet corn) interweave with darkly toasted bread and s’mores. The 20- and 19-year-old barrels are ideally balanced with the younger 17-year barrels.
This is a whiskey to drink by yourself; somewhere quiet so you can enjoy it without distraction. Once you’ve indulged yourself for that moment, invite a close whiskey friend to join you for a pour.