Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Islay Cask Finish
MoS 16034
Number of bottles
53.8 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
18 jul 2016 8:18 am by OpenBar_PMI
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 120.73

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31 × member ratings

38 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Heaven Hill 2001 MoS

11 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.76 points.

  1. I_am_not_HS305 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    is pleasant to drink, super integrated alcohol, pleasant spiciness.
    • Nose
      86 86
      with a lot of imagination you will find a very small amount of smoke, otherwise it is balanced and not as vanilla and caramel-like as a good average bourbon. The alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Creamy, Bourbon-atypically oily, now a bit more smoke than the nose suggests. A pleasant spiciness, in conjunction with the mouthfeel, water would be out of place
    • Finish
      84 84
      There is a bit of a refill keg left in the wood, the spice dries up.

      Not what you would expect from a Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Different, but not better. Should have tasted, if you have a good portion of real Americans behind.

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  3. claymore84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 01-28-2021.

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasty, the smoke and the spice are great together.
    • Nose
      Vanilla on the nose, sweet fruit notes, caramel, oak and a nice spicy note, some nutmeg.
    • Taste
      Strong in the mouth, black pepper, sweet notes and tart oak. Tendency sweet with a harsh balance.
    • Finish
      Spices. Black pepper, sweetish fruit notes, some smoke from the barrel.

  5. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Pleasantly grotesque mix from bourbon and Islay notes. 84/85.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Vanilla, caramel, smoke, tobacco, spices and hazelnuts.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Spices, smoke, bourbon, caramel and vanilla.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, oaky, spicy.

  7. magic_slim scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    One of the best American Whiskeys that I tasted recently.I find it enjoyable and enlightening.
    • Nose
      Sweet, powerful, spirituous and extremely nutty at first nosing - truckloads of fresh hazelnuts, pecans and roasted chestnuts. Notes of tobacco and shoe polish, roast lamb (slightly burnt), cranberries and Chateauneuf du Pape are coming up. 
    • Taste
      Powerful, acrid and spirituous at first mouthfeel. Spicy with smoke, ashes and lots of nutmeg, Burnt toffee and sour red wine.
    • Finish
      Very long and spicy, dry, slightly harsh with  nutmegs in the aftertaste.

  8. Schlossgespenst scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

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

  9. Schlossgespenst scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    What reads on paper as an interesting experiment, can not be fully maintained in my opinion. The suggested smokiness is barely perceptible in my opinion and only appears in the mentioned weak earthy-ashen notes.
    This objection, however, does not detract from the facts, as we are dealing with a really old, mature and solid bourbon (16 years are already almost a Methuselah age), from this side his strengths and zuzus show white.
    The only real downer is here only the price of about 120 €.
    • Nose
      Strong onset, spicy, sweet, strong caramelized sugar and a certain "mineral" dustiness (unfortunately it can not be said otherwise) ... Sometimes a touch of cocoa and a light fresh oak is noticeable Nevertheless, it makes a strong, voluminous impression in the nose.
    • Taste
      A mature and solid bourbon. Sweetness and spiciness continue, accompanied by a slight dryness. Creamy mouthfeel with dark honey, the mentioned seasoning has a certain beeswax note, as found in rye whiskeys. My "mineral dustiness" - maybe an earthy, almost ashy note - comes along with a light weight. Is that maybe the Islay barrel ...?
    • Finish
      Tingling spicy and dry, he pulls down. Here, too, the beeswax notes, the earthy ash increases slightly. After a medium time, it is the only remaining note, sometimes a bit stale wood is flashing up.

  10. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    I have nothing against experiments, but nose and finish are just in grades just a 5 of the complexity or even length, the taste is still halfway interesting, but would never get here so if the grades would not know what because " tried "was. Would that just be an old dusty Japanese for 20 euros, the bottle from the 90s and so taste and smell, this would have 65 points. : ')
    • Nose
      A very crazy mixture, as expected, on the one hand, the direct heat and heat of a typical high proof bourbon, but then directly this ragged Arsche and Heiderauch about it, as if you had thrown a glass of pickled apricot in a newly extinguished fireplace, the two opposites are superimposed but as massive as a grid, I have trouble picking out single notes other than those mentioned, sweet corn even later, but rather as a syrup, it still looks like it's just glowing and boiling under my nose
    • Taste
      Ouh, very interesting, in the first half seconds he reminded me of the Campfire of High West, but then he turns from the light campfire and Heiderauch really only to Islay, clear coal ash, behind warm apricot, toffee, honey with charcoal in it , a little sour like pineapple juice almost, quite strange and then burned oak, the sweet corn flashes also on sometimes short
    • Finish
      Dry, ashy, light acid, that's it honestly, short to medium, but only through the smoke

  11. The Macallan scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    N: clean with a nice touch of smoke and some ships tar

    P: smoked fruit, spicy with some vanilla

    F: slightly smokey and drying

    C: not really my cup of tea!

  12. Cubey666 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasted during a Malts of Scotland "Rollercoaster-tasting" October 2016

    nose: initially some sour baby vomit... yuck! Luckily this goes away quite fast... after that clearly sweet corn, and a nice subtle peat smoke lingering about on a tradition bourbon nose

    taste: the taste is more bourbonny than the nose. it has also lost a bit of its overwhelming sweetness.

    finish: coastal, lingering, some vague hint of smoke, traditional Dutch caramel cookie waffles.

    interesting combination!
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. St. Pauli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A smart combination. It really works well. Maybe the finish could have been a bit longer, as the smoky part is a notch too silent for me.
    • Nose
      Good idea! Kentucky Bourbon with a smoky BBQ'esque nose. It starts off with the typical bourbon notes of resin, juniper, grain/corn, stewed apricot, cinnamon, and vanilla. But then, the smoke hits you. It's neither medicinal nor salty, rather really smoky: both wood smoke and coal smoke. Over time, a mineral, rather neutral smell completes the nose.
    • Taste
      The bourbon notes are more obvious than on the nose, with some glue, resin, juniper, and grain. Then a massive amount of apricot shows. It's all rather rounded and not too drying. Then a little salinity of the Islay cask pops up, along with a soft peat smoke. It's like eating honey glazed ribs from the BBQ.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and spicy, with only a trace of influence of the Islay finish. What dominates are the grain, juniper, cinnamon and to a lesser extent also tinned peaches. The smoke is very much on the background as if rosemary was put on the bbq.


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