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Heaven Hill’s Spring 2021 entry in their limited edition Decanter series comes to us as an 8 year bottled in bond expression, distilled in the spring of 2013 and bottled in the spring of 2021. Bottled at 100pf as all Bottled In Bond things are. This is the first 8yr age stated bottling in this series, and is comprised of barrels pulled from 3 different Rickhouses on two different production dates.
Bold and maple forward on the nose. Noticeable dip in oak and tannin, understandably, compared to the previous Fall release. Honey roasted peanut, maple, brown sugar, waffle cone and savory pepper make up the nose.
Rich on the palate. Almost a nuttiness to it - and a touch of banana. Light red berries, then it’s all dessert. Nougat, brown sugar, toffee, cake batter, black walnut and creme brûlée.
Long finish. Not quite as complex as previous year’s finishes, but there’s a bit to dig through all the same. Mostly sweet and dessert forward, this bottling reminds me of a pecan pie with a maple glaze. The youth and vibrancy is more on display here, and it works.
This years release is a different beast compared to much more tannin driven bottlings that have come before it, and I’m a fan of the shift in profile. If you’re hunting for that monstrous oak structure, you’ll want to leave this to other hunters, but if dessert and maple are your friends, this is the ideal drinker.
Disclosure: The producer asked us to review this, and sent some along