Thursday, September 18, 2014

More Bourbon from Japan: Martin Mills 24

This is another legendary bourbon for the Japanese export market. Japan became interested in aged American whiskey about a decade before the US, so there were many aged whiskeys that went to the Japanese market that we never saw in the US.

Martin Mills was a Heaven Hill bourbon distilled in 1974 and bottled in 1999.

Martin Mills 24 yo, 53.5% abv

The nose is deep and rich with espresso notes.  The palate is both rich and savory with red wine notes, and the finish is sweet and candy like.  This one is terrific, changing in flavor from nose to finish with the emergence of sweeter notes toward the end.  It's really well done and quite wonderful.


danz said...

It's amusing to compare that label design to the Orphan Barrel releases, or the new steel-bridge Mortlach bottles.

Steffen said...

One of the best bourbons I have ever tasted. Exactly like single malt, it seems like a good idea if you had the foresigjt to shop 15 years ago

Unknown said...

I always wondered what exactly these barrels were sitting around for before there was a demand for very old American bourbon