Another one of the epic releases for the year, exploding in price on bottle-spot… and I had to have it so I could share my thoughts with my readers. I wish I bought it at retail, but unfortunately I paid up for it… was it worth it?
It has a beautiful dark, root beer-esque color too it. But is it too dark? We shall see…
Really rich and powerful nose… stewed berries, cocoa, leather, pencil shavings, cigar box, toasted marshmallows and Twix. So much going on in the nose and really nice… you can smell wood but the wood is not overpowering, which is tough to do on a 24yr Bourbon. Mild heat on the nose.`
The taste is great… all those flavors on the nose come out in the palate, heat only on the way down, and the finish is long and it improves as it dissipates. The mouthfeel is ok, but a little thinned out, and I’m a little surprised that it’s not chill filtered. I had to wait three minutes before the second sip because the finish was going on and on.
It’s amazing comparing this to Old Blowhard… this really nails it while Old Blowhard is the epitome of everything wrong with an old overoaked whiskey.
This is a very special whiskey. It’s not going to be for everyone’s style, and it will be in even less people’s budgets, but it’s a great Bourbon from Heaven Hill. I’ve seen it trade online for between $400 and $600 and I think it will probably settle down somewhere in the $450 area at the end of the day. It’s my third favorite 2016 release this year so far (behind FRSB Elliot’s Select and Barrell Whiskey 002), but by far the most expensive. I’ll be savouring this one for a while. 96/100