Thursday, February 28, 2013
Dusty Thursday: Pre-Fire Heaven Hill
Pre-fire Heaven Hill whiskeys are getting dustier and dustier. There are a number of bottles still around, and certainly, all of the whiskeys aged over around 16 years are, of course, pre-fire, but it's pretty tough to find younger pre-fire whiskeys. Today's is an Old Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond. It has no age statement, but we know it's pre-fire because Bonded whiskeys are required to list the distillery number and this one clearly states DSP-KY-31 on the back label (The new Heaven Hill/Bernheim distillery would be DSP-KY-1). This one was bottled around 2001.
Old Heaven Hill BIB, 50% abv.
The nose on this super sweet with maple syrup, cotton candy and corn syrup. It's like a trip to the fair. The palate is light, sweet and buttery, then it turns to a medicinal cough syrupy note which lasts into the finish.
This is not my favorite flavor profile. It's too sweet on the nose and too medicinal on the palate. I've had some great pre-fire Heaven Hill, but I'd likely choose a later Bernheim era Heavean Hill BIB over this one.
That's the thing with dusties; you never know what you're going to get.