The Schtick: This is a little known brand from Heaven Hill sporting a reasonable age statement and more than reasonable proof. It’s a part of the Crackdown here because I thought it was a craft / sourced release for a long time, especially given the art, until I dug into its origins. Sue me.
This is Day #20 in the Craft Whiskey Crackdown. Here is the terrain covered thus far:
- Day 1, Big House Bourbon
- Day 2, Kings County Bourbon
- Day 3, Johnny Drum Private Stock
- Day 4, John J. Bowman Single Barrel
- Day 5, Rye Royal 20yr
- Day 6, Big Bottom Bourbon
- Day 7, Copper Pony Rye, 6mo
- Day 8, Hayes Parker Bourbon, 6mo
- Day 9, Winchester Rye, 6mo
- Day 10, Winchester Straight Bourbon, 2yr
- Day 11, Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon
- Day 12, Willett Pot Still
- Day 13, Hooker’s House Sonoma Style High Rye Pinot Noir Finished Bourbon
- Day 14, Knox Whiskey Works 70/30 Single Barrel, MC”s Selection
- Day 15, Homestead Barrel Proof
- Day 16, Boondocks Cask Strength American Whiskey
- Day 17, Old Forge Cask Strength Single Barrel Bourbon, McScrooge’s Selection
- Day 18, David James 10yr Straight American Whiskey
- Day 19, 1816 Chattanooga Cask Whiskey McScrooge’s Selection
Distiller: Heaven Hill
Bottler: Heaven Hill
ABV: 50.5% ABV
Age: 7 Years
Nose: Honey, musty tobacco, caramel, oak. Not super complex, or remarkable, but also not heinous, either.
Taste: Medium mouth feel. Notable oak presence, nice pepper, tobacco, caramel and some nougat. There’s some corn here, rich cream. Heat is very much in check.
Finish: Medium length, gentle and rich with lots of clove, cocoa, cream and oak.
Overall: This is pretty impressive for what it is. Given the price and the age, I assumed it was generated using refuse casks, but I was pretty impressed with this guy, all things considered.
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