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Overall rating
89.33/100
votes
27
Category
Bourbon
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
World Whiskies - Individual Cask
Bottled
07.2014
Stated Age
17 years old
Number of bottles
126
Strength
58.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
15 Jul 2014 12:11 am by Jimjam
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 460.00

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Whisky Reviews for Heaven Hill 17-year-old CA

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.33 points

  1. skeuma scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    On the nose you can smell precious wood, varnish, bitter almond (frangipane?), Vanilla, red fruits and spices. Everything is so well dosed it works perfectly Pfoua is high flight In the mouth we go down a bit of a level but the nose took me very high. Beautiful density on precious wood, varnish, vanilla, spices and berries, berries (not just cherry as weller). All perfectly executed Long finish on red fruits mixed with dried fruits before becoming more spicy linzer torte, gingerbread. 93 for the nose 91 for the mouth and the finale

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Soft. Berries, raisin, a whiff of vanilla. None of the typical over-oaky notes that bourbons over 12 years tend to get.
    • Taste
      More minty, more spicy. Still berries and little oak. With water there's a bit of orange juice, not fresh but from concentrate.
    • Finish
      More oak now. Nuts and cherry.

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    fantastic complexity and lots of dunnage nose and flavour.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This nose ... a DELUGE of caramel and coconut. Gorgeous. Like an old grain whiskey. But the spices indicate that one has to deal with a bourbon. Later chocolate. In the mouth, we find these feelings with a wooded a little too marked. Final on cherries and spices marked. With water, the nose is more than anything - all things considered since we start from very high! - let's say there is less greed. In the mouth, it is more about caramel with a drought very marked, the latter endures long in the final.

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  5. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Orange tasting 3.0 18-08-2016 Roelof & JJ
    • Nose
      Pine resin, strong bourbon notes with raisins on brandy - boeren jongens.
    • Taste
      Corn, resin, raisins and a bit soapy.
    • Finish
      Pine resin, raisins and vanilla.

  6. addyhd scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Verry good bourbon in my book. Can stand in line with a papy van winkle or any other top notch american whiskey .
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  7. mds51 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    228 € in 12-2014 on Whiskey Auction

  8. BabyHuey206 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    The cask spent 9 years in Kentucky, and then was shipped to Scotland, where it spent the rest of its life.  This explains why the oak is much less prominent than one might expect from a 17 yo bourbon.  The complexity is incredible, deep fruit notes, as well as dark chocolate, leather, vanilla, and a bit of tobacco.  The finest American whiskey I have ever tasted.

  9. rendelius scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    I have never ever tasted a better bourbon. This is simply stunning and of utmost complexity...

  10. addyhd scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This cask is from just before the fire

    On November 7, 1996, Heaven Hill's production plant (registered plant DSP-KY-31[2]) was almost completely destroyed by fire. The fire started in an aging warehouse and spread to other buildings and vehicles. 90,000 barrels of flammable bourbon were consumed. A “river of fire” flowed from the warehouses. From one account of the fire: “Flames leapt hundreds of feet into the air and lit the sky throughout the night. Witnesses reported seeing whiskey barrels explode and rocket across the sky like shooting stars ... a two-mile long stretch of the creek that supplied process water to the distillery was set ablaze for a brief time.

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