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Overall rating
86.00/100
votes
61
Whiskybase ID
WB103323
Category
Bourbon
Distillery
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
The Fishes of Samoa
Vintage
31.05.2009
Bottled
08.11.2017
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel
Casknumber
152716
Number of bottles
271
Strength
63.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
the Gathering 2017
Added on
10 Nov 2017 1:02 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 180.00

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49 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Heaven Hill 2009 Arc

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.00 points

  1. rdavek scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Astonishingly drinkable at cask strength, this 8 year old Heaven Hill has everything you'd want from a mature cask strength bourbon. Fruity sweetness on the entry with a warm and lingering finish, and not a hint of a harsh note. 

  2. DrBardamu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Drinks quite smooth for cask strength (63.5%). I’ve had a lot of Heaven Hill whiskies in my life and this was certainly a unique one. Worth seeking out.

  3. mr.p9 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Quite shy on the nose when freshly poured. A bit of time releases molasses, overripe banana, honey, cream and vanilla, with a hint of nail varnish. Some water helped release more from the nose, allowing woody oak and citrus fruits to add to the mix. Very pleasurable and distinct. A bit too rocket fuel on the palate for me at full strength, with a distinctly dry and bitter edge that I wasn’t too keen on. Water did little to alter the profile. Much of the sweetness I was hoping for from the nose never really materialised. Rather short and dry finish, with a hint of dark cocoa powder and mint.

  5. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This independent bourbon is very tasty, but also fairly simple. The nose benefits from water, although the palate dislikes it. I think this is just missing some depth and extra weight compared to some of the bourbons from the standard range.
    • Nose
      85 85
      My first impression is that the nose is surprisingly fresh for a bourbon. There is a hint of citrus rasp, and a clear smell of rye spices, rye bread, followed by bourbon sweetness with corn cobs and breakfast cereals. Moreover some beautiful black currant yams. Nevertheless, the whole is rather simple, but also of good quality. Water brings more spices, with pepper, aniseed, curcuma and maybe even curry, and it becomes drier. Some toasted bread, with yams or marmalade.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweetness and spices together in a balancing act. Accompanied by red fruits. It is slightly drying. With water it become slightly bitter in the aftertaste, in particular grapefruit and orange skin come forward. Toast with marmalade and fairly dry.
    • Finish
      82 82
      More af the above.

  6. rb854 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. karloff scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of the WB team.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. karloff scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    I do like cask strength whiskey but this just doesn't cut it for me.
    • Nose
      Really, really ripe banana, almost to the stage where it goes black, also I needn't trim my nose hair tonight. Vanilla, creme brulé
    • Taste
      Wow! That is quite harsh, it certainly coats every inch of the inside of your mouth, some skin as well I think. This needs a few drops of water. Yes definitely better but still not pleasurable. I wouldn't drink this near a naked flame, you might end up like Darkman. 
    • Finish
      A very long finish. I think this will see me into tomorrow. Also there is some mint as well. 

  9. DavidH. scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Personally for me, too high ABV, it took away the pleasure of relaxed drinking 
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 81 points Moderator

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

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