45% alcohol/Vol 90 Proof, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Coming from the Heaven Hill distillery, which makes some of our favorite whiskeys (McKenna, Pikesville, Parker’s Heritage and Elijah Craig), I didn’t know how this bottle would stand up. I think my minor lack of confidence would be from the brief hiatus of the 18yr in the market. When they brought it back, they made up for lost time. Two of my favorite bourbons are McKenna Single Barrel 10 year and Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, so I think I did my version of the awkward nerd boy touchdown dance when I got my hands on this bottle. I’m glad no one filmed it because I’m sure it was embarrassing. The $120 price point is easy to justify on a bottle this good.
The coloring is that of a beautiful medium varnish maple floor. The legs are long and lush taking their time moving slowly down the glass.
The nose is a symphony of scents, oak, dark fruit, orange, chocolate, vanilla, maple and spice with almost no trace of alcohol.
The first sip is money in the bank good. The oak, vanilla and caramel are up front, with orange and cocoa following at a leisurely pace, and pepper, baking spice and mint trailing behind. The finish is oak, vanilla, and honey with just a trace of spice, cocoa and mint on your gums leaving you with a grin. After lusting after this bottle for a long time, the wait didn’t disappoint, the chase was definitely worth it.