- Whiskybase ID
- Archives (Arc)
- Bottling serie
- The Fishes of Samoa
- Stated Age
- 08 years old
- Bourbon Barrel
- Number of bottles
- 63.5 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- the Gathering 2017
- Added on
- 10 Nov 2017 1:02 pm by Bachess
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61 × member ratings
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
More af the above.
- This was a sample courtesy of the WB team.
- I do like cask strength whiskey but this just doesn't cut it for me.
Really, really ripe banana, almost to the stage where it goes black, also I needn't trim my nose hair tonight. Vanilla, creme brulé
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.
A very long finish. I think this will see me into tomorrow. Also there is some mint as well.
- Personally for me, too high ABV, it took away the pleasure of relaxed drinking