||Virgin Charred Oak|
||~78% Corn, 10% Rye, 12% Malted Barley|
|Distiller||Heaven Hill (Bardstown, Kentucky)|
This is the highest selling product that comes out of Heaven Hill, Kentucky’s second biggest distiller, and the second highest selling bourbon in the US. It’s traditionally created from a mix of 5-8 year old bourbons which are married together, and it has quite a high quantity of malted barley in the recipe relative to most bourbons.
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: 2014
Nose: Black tea, jasmine tea, a bit of black pepper, vanilla, and a lot of nuttiness too though my mind isn’t working tonight to tell me which nut exactly it is reminding me of. There’s a bit of peach and apricot. There’s also a bit of a floral, soapy smell – in line with the jasmine too. At first I assumed it must be my hands but it is definitely in there too, and there’s a light bit of creaminess in the nose too.
Taste: The black tea is also present on the palate, along with some toasted coconut, oak, and some slightly sour corn. It isn’t overly sweet, which is nice – especially after having tasted so many sweet bourbons of late. Interesting too, since I read after this review that Jim Murray thought it was too sweet. It isn’t very oaky but it has a nice slightly tannic feel to it which I quite like.
Finish: The oak comes out a bit more, with some more toasted coconut, almond, and dried apricot- but it’s light in feel and short in length, and has a touch of bitterness involved as well which is detracting a decent bit in this tasting.
Really this isn’t a bad bourbon. One great thing about Bourbon is the strict laws governing it, particularly dealing with wood, which means that the quality across the board is quite high. I also, in general, quite like what Heaven Hill does with their products – they seem to produce some pretty high quality stuff across the board and I have certainly enjoyed them.
Value: Average, at $28.