- DISTILLER: Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.
- MASH BILL: 75% Corn | 13% Rye | 12% Malted Barley
- AGE: 6 Years
- YEAR: 2017
- PROOF: 100 (50% ABV)
- MSRP: $11.99
NOSE: Vanilla | Honey | Orange Peel | Oak
TASTE: Peanut Butter | Butterscotch | Oak | Rye
FINISH: Despite the thin mouthfeel, the finish is amazingly creamy. There’s nothing that you could call “rough” on it, either. It is warm without burning, and it hangs around for several minutes, letting you enjoy it slowly while a mild rye spiciness parks on the front of the tongue.
SHARE WITH: Bourbon snobs on a blind-tasting basis only. Otherwise, share with who appreciates good Bourbon at a fair price.
WORTH THE PRICE: At MSRP, or even several bucks above MSRP, it is a bargain.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond truly opens up a new, fourth choice: Case. Unless you live in Kentucky, buy it by the case. For the cost of a premium bottle of Bourbon, you can get a case of Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond.
OVERALL: In the glass, it presents itself as a muted amber, almost caramel in color. Swirling it around leaves a thin rim that generates thicker legs to drop quickly back into the pool of liquid sunshine.
The nose is much more complex than you’d expect in a bottom shelf whiskey. Inhaling through my mouth made the vanilla and orange explode, almost like a Dreamsicle. For me, I couldn’t wait to put it in my mouth.
The mouthfeel is thin, but coats the tongue well. There is a front, middle and back palate, each of which differentiates itself.
Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond has a very limited distribution. At times you can get it outside of Kentucky, but mostly this is a Kentucky-only gem. It also is, surprisingly, not listed at all on Heaven Hill’s website, leaving you to wonder if they’re trying to keep one of the worst-kept secrets in Bourbon locked away.
Bottled in Bond is my favorite category of whiskey. Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond is one of the best representatives of that category. #RespectTheBottomShelf