Heaven Hill Distillery
78% Corn, 12% Malted Barley, 10% Rye
$36 1.75 Liter (2022)
History – The name placed on the label honors the year that Evan Williams founded Kentucky’s first distillery. With a slightly increased proof point from the standard Evan Williams labels this bottle lands as the second highest proof point for Evan Williams and is its only Small Batch Bourbon.
Value – Its value is standard with similar brands and at $36 for this large bottle its not too bad.
Appearance – Copper in color. The bottle is very unique in the fact that it draws the eyes to the bottle. It has an old style label that points to the date that it states, providing the rich history of Evan Williams.
Nose – Soft / Raisin / Licorice / Old Wood and Light Port. Very easy to pull and light.
Palate – Subtle / Mint / Ginger and Smoky. This is a bourbon that you can really relax on but not very complex at all. It goes down very easily but not something you can linger on.
Finish – Lingering 5 – 10 seconds of light heat. Finish is not something that an advanced drinker would enjoy but rather the beginner that is getting used to the bourbon feel on the tongue. There is light and I mean very light Oak and Cinnamon on the linger.
Summary – After reviewing this bottle and being very careful not to judge it based on being a value brand I can see where there is some attraction just by seeking a cheaper bottle that allows for a little fluidity from the standard bottles. One can simply say that they have a small batch bourbon and while they are not lying it is really nothing to be that proud of.
“This bourbon is not terrible but for an experienced consumer I would keep this as a mixer as there is something missing.”
– Andrew Workman
Uniqueness – 1-10 – 7
Appearance- 1-10 – 9
Nose- 1-20 – 10
Palate- 1-20 – 12
Finish- 1-20 – 8
Value- 1-20 – 10
Andrew Workman on 9/28/2022
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