Age: 6-8 small batch
Distillery: Heaven Hill
Nose: almond, butterscotch, sweet caramel, peanut brittle, fig, honey, charred oak, vanilla.
Taste: Oily/Thin. brown sugar, sweet caramel, chocolate covered cherry, honey, raisin, black tea, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornbread, salted peanuts, burnt vanilla.
Finish: medium length. Savory notes on the front end of the palate – salted peanuts, black tea, and some charred oak, which then shifts to a delicate burnt vanilla and sweet caramel with only a touch of the chocolate and cherry note there. Surprisingly tannic for the age, but lends to a nice, light baking spice filled finish of cinnamon and nutmeg. The base layer of tannins and nuttiness really ring this in as it reads pure and quintessential Heaven Hill.
Overall: Amazing stuff for the money. I honestly feel like I rated it somewhat high, given what it is. This is a great replacement for the HH Green Label and something that can be obtained by everyone now (big win there!). I’m sad to (possibly) see the Green Label go away, but this is the best replacement possible. Higher proof and older age stocks going into the batches, it is an amazing value. Still $15 at total wine near me, this is a steal! But the new retail price will soon be $20-$25 everywhere and that’s still a bargain.
This expression needed a revamp and they could not have done it better. I say I feel like I rated it high because some people will view this as “basic.” This won’t win Bourbon of the year or Best Whiskey in the World, at least I hope not – insert Henry McKenna 10 as to what happened, but it’s reliable. It has a little bit of everything for everyone, but reads more on the nutty side of the HH profile.
The slight hints of dark fruit, tannins, sweet caramel, and spice make for a great foundation of this bourbon. For those who miss the old white label BiB and yearned for the Green Label, try this.
Value Rating: 10/10
Total Score: 8.8/10