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Heaven Hill Heritage Collection The Third Edition 2024 Release

  • Rating: 9
  • Value: 7
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Proof: 120 (60 %)
Age: 18 Years Old
Price: $299.99 750 ML
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Damn fine bourbon, but hard to find and pricey. But this of course could be said about almost any whiskey worth drinking these days sad to say !
If you compare it to say Pappy Van Winkle 15 I would grab a bottle of this . An under appreciated whiskey !

Damn, I just realized we have reviewed 74 Heaven Hill products at this last count. They certainly spanned a wide range of products, price points, and, in some cases, quality. But they were and are usually good to excellent, and a fair number outstanding.

I have compiled a list of them HERE for your perusal. Unfortunately, many have already been hunted to extinction, but the list may prove useful in identifying at least the family of spirits you may want to try as new versions roll out.

Below is our standard intro to the Heaven Hill family with history and links followed with specific information for this release.

Notes: This whiskey is produced at the Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown and has a new visitors center, the Bourbon Heritage Center (which sadly was about to open the week after we visited, so we never got there).

Close to both Buffalo Trace and Woodford Reserve Distillery if you are touring. Home of numerous other whiskies and several line extensions/releases. Among these are the Trybox Series New Make and the TryBox Series New Make Rye, both of which were new straight off the still whiskies, which were fun to compare against their aged brothers or sisters.  The more or less standard releases of Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old, Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel, Elijah Craig 21-Year-Old Single BarrelLarceny Bourbon, Henry McKenna, Old Fitzgerald, Fighting Cock, and Cabin Still, among others. There are also the multiple vintage releases of the Evan Williams line, such as the Evan Williams Vintage 2000, Evan Williams Vintage 2003, the multiple batches of the Larceny Barrel Proof Series, and the multiple Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch releases that we have reviewed.

The Parkers Heritage Collection had been a very wide range of Parkers’ personal favorites and barrel picks over the years, and releases in the series include Parkers Heritage 2009 (3rd Release) or Golden Anniversary, Parkers Heritage  Number 7 Promise of Hope, Parkers Heritage Number 8, a Wheat Whiskey, the Parker Heritage 15 Edition Heavy Char Wheat Whiskey from Fall of 2021, and the Parker Heritage 16th Edition of 2022.

The Heritage Collection has been split into two lines now – The Parker Heritage Collection, which focuses on new innovative or experimental releases, and this series, which is named the Heaven Hill Heritage Collection. The Heritage Collection is focused on the ultra-premium releases of the six different mash bills (read brands) that Heaven Hill produces. The first edition/release was in 2022, the second in 2023

This one is somewhat unique compared to others recently in age at 18 years old. While there have certainly been a number of 18-year-old whiskey releases by Heaven Hill, over the years, very few of them have been released in recent memory. ( others include the Elijah Craig and a few Parker releases)

Geeky Details: Mashbill 78 % Corn, 12% Malted Barley, and 10% rye and bottled at 120 proof (60 %) at 18 Years from 110 barrels produced in December 2005 and pulled from the 3rd floor of Rickhouse 1I. Interesting to note how similar the mashbill (2% less corn and 2 % more rye in this case) and locations ( 3rd Floor) are very similar to the corn whiskey release ( which was 2 years older at 20 Years) that was released at a slightly lower proof (115).

This bottling is non-chill-filtered, which means more taste, but it may become a touch cloudy at cold temperatures. This is a natural occurrence and should be seen as a mark of quality rather than a defect. Chill filtering is usually done for cosmetic reasons and can filter out some natural components and flavors. It is also barreled at barrel proof ( in this case and to be specific, 132.2 proof or 66.1 5 alcohol by volume)

 

Appearance: Clear Baltic darker amber-gold in color, or the lightest first run of maple syrup for the season. On swirling leaves a medium oily coating on the glass with a series of small tears forming at regular intervals.

First Impression: heavy corn scent with a barley malt grain presence leavened with the touch of rye sweet-sour to give it a nice complexity.

Taste: Dryish start, then slightly oily and sweet, with the barley starting to come in after the initial flavors’ entry. Citrus, dried apricots, persimmons, and Mandarin orange peel.Traces of dried fruit, fruitcake, saddle leather, mint, allspice, and whisper of barrel char. Long finish with a pleasant dry grain with rye.

Drinks: Too good for mixing for the most part. Use a Glencairn glass and a touch of water. It would make a decadent Manhattan, but it seems a pity to cover it up with anything!

Bottle: Cannot comment as we did not receive a production bottle. Looks like one of their nicer production bottles, though.

Other: An interesting and well-done bourbon. Rarely do you see one come to market at this age anymore

Final Thoughts: This is an excellent bourbon whiskey, but frankly, it is a bit too much money for what it is, objectively speaking. I could see $150, Maybe $180, using the $10 a year metric that seems to be in use today for bourbon, but this kind of price lands it more into Scotch Whisky pricing territory. If you can get a bottle—good for you! But for those unable to because of the unavailability of either the bottle or enough cash, I wouldn’t cry too long over this one.

Website: www.heavenhilldistillery.com/heavenhill-heritage-collection.php

A small subsection of their expansive and extensive website.This link is a direct link to the heritage collection series. Not terribly current as of yet, but they don’t have a lot to write about yet as this is a fairly new series. The Parkers Heritage site is a model of what you may see as they issue more of this series I hope !

 

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