Heaven Hill 20 Cadenhead’s 175th Anniversary bottling.

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I’ve been active in the whisky community on reddit for around 3 years now and it’s been a really amazing time and has put me in touch with some really great folks who share my love of spirits. Some really cool stuff has come out of it and one such thing is a bottle share we recently did of this fine stuff.

This is a 20 year old, single barrel bottling of bourbon from Heaven Hill distillery selected by Cadenhead as part of a series of special releases to celebrate their 175th anniversatry. The barrel only yielded 102 bottles so this is some rare stuff.

Further more, it’s hard to age bourbon for so long and good barrels that are upwards of 15 years old are quite an oddity, but the folks at Cadenhead know how to pick things, so this is quite exciting.

Aged 20 years. 50.8% ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single new oak barrel.

Nose: Explosion of coconut. Oak shavings. Vanilla. Creme brulee. Wood varnish. Brown glue. Light powdered ginger. Light cinnamon. Orange cake. Pencil shavings.

Palate: Thick maple syrup. Sesame oil. Very dry wood. Marmalade. Dried ginger. Cloves. Pepper. Some dark cacao and espresso at the end.

Finish: Orange cake. Wisps of wood oils. Espresso. Coconut. Dry wood. Marshmallow root. Cloves. Beeswax.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 2/5

This really blew me away. I got hit by this huge wave of coconut and sweetness on the nose at first and then all the usual bourbon notes, but with the woody ones really ramped up to full power and the usual spicey notes toned down which I found really nice, then on the palate all these dark, bitter notes turned up. This is a very interesting and complex drink and definitely one to be savoured.

Again a huge thanks to the guys involved in the share.

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