Heaven Hill Distillery
Price: $50 +
Age: 7 years
Mash Bill: 78% corn, 10% rye, 12% malted barley
Color: reddish amber
Nose: Cinnamon, toasted oak, vanilla, and citrus
Taste: Notes of black pepper, toffee, honey, pecan, and toasted oak
Value: Worth the price tag
Cut to The Chase: Strong buy.
I was also a fan of Heaven Hill's green label 6 year Bottled-In-Bond, and was disappointed when Heaven Hill discontinued it in favor of the 7 year. Unfortunately, this is part of a growing trend where more value oriented bourbons are quietly disappearing. Sort of like bourbon gentrification. (RIP Ancient Ancient Age)
In place of the 6 year, Heaven Hill has brought out a richer rounder 7 year Bottled-In-Bond with more depth and dimension, more complex with lush wood notes. It drinks easy with dimension and roundness. Even as I am wistful for the loss of the bottom shelf Bottled-In-Bond bourbons, Heaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond 7 year is a smooth drinking 100 proof bourbon I really enjoyed. Amazingly well blended. It is in short supply and hard to find. If you can find it – buy it. In fact -- buy two. I did.
PS. Part of the fun and attraction of Bottle-In-Bond bourbon is that it harkens back to the days of high proof frontier bourbon – value whiskey with a kick and rough about the edges. For a great low priced bottom shelf Bottled-In-Bond bourbon be sure to check out JTS Brown Bottled-In-Bond, which is also distilled and aged by Heaven Hill. Other great Bottled-In-Bonds are Old Grand-Dad, JW Dant, and Evan Williams Bottled-In-Bond. And Heaven Hill, if you are reading this, please do not discontinue JTS Brown, or upscale the brand. It's one of my favorites and is perfect as is.
Reviewed by: Jack Epps, Jr.
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