Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Heaven Hill bourbon bottled in Scotland and then imported back into the US. Here's another example of that phenomenon, but from Germany. Borco is a German company that bottles a Heaven Hill bourbon under the label Pennypacker Bourbon. In the past, this has only been for sale in Europe, but now they are exporting it to the US. The folks at their importer sent me a bottle for review.
The label has lots of Americana on it, and the press materials talk a lot about Abraham Lincoln, but while there's a picture of a bearded gentleman on the bottle, it's definitely not Honest Abe. Oh well, maybe the Europeans don't notice these details. Let's see how it tastes.
Pennypacker Bourbon, 3 years old, 40% abv ($22)
The nose has a distinct anise note, like an LDI rye, then turns to mint. The palate is very minty and mild but then fairly dull and watery. By the finish, there's not much left other than a vaguely minty taste.
This has very little flavor or character. It's watery with just a touch of mint. Tasting it blind, I might even guess that it was a blended whiskey. Let's just say I wouldn't recommend it.