Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey
Heaven Hill Brands
Rob Allanson 8.9
Nose: So floral at first. A florist’s on a sunny day, jasmine, honeysuckle and orchids; heady stuff. Then red apples, poached pears and waxy mango. Sugar-coated orange sweets.
Palate: Follows the nose well, floral notes then those wonderful fruits. Oranges with brown sugar, pears in cider and caramel candy.
Finish: Juicy citrus notes, then it dries on tannins; think black tea.
Comments: Oh yes, hello Kentucky. If the state did orange groves…
Sam Coyne 7.8
Nose: Caramel and a big oaked spice note. Sweetness of toffee apples comes through.
Palate: Sweetness continues, along with tannins and oak Caramel and vanilla comes to the fore, although moves to rye bread and spice. Menthol and coriander moves towards a real drying grassiness.
Finish: Long and spicy.
Comments: No one flavor takes over, but wooded spice errs on being too much. Palate has a lot going on. Balance is impressive.