Distilled by Heaven Hill in 1994, this release spent 12 years maturing in the USA, and 12 years maturing in Scotland. Most notably, this distillation took place before Heaven Hill's great fire, and thusly provides a historic look at how their distillate has changed. Bottled by Single Cask Nation, this release is one of their more notably (andinteresting releases) of late. Bottled at barrel proof with no coloring or filtering.
Rich tobacco, honey, toffee, a bit of praline and brown sugar. Less fruity, more dessert forward. Not a ton of oak on the nose, but it is there.
Medium mouthfeel. Rich cocoa, honey, tobacco. A bit syrupy as it sits on the palate. Lots of brown sugar, light tobacco funk, old wood and parchment. Faint bit of cherry cordial. Toffee for days.
Long finish - dry oak, musty tobacco, almost an old sherry note, some cocoa, brown sugar and honey.
Single Cask Nation's release of this Heaven Hill distillate is right on the money. It's old and musty and oaky but not too much, and embodies some really great old bourbon notes. Well done.