Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. Pikesville 6 Years Old Straight Rye 110 Proof 55% NV
|Distillery||Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.|
|Serie||Straight Rye Whiskey|
|Bottled for||United States|
|Cask Type||Charred American Oak Barrels|
Second Finest Whisky in the World in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016 and again in 2017
Jim Murray about this whiskey in the whiskybible 2016: "one of the aromas of the year... after that nose, the delivery just had to be majestic. And it is... those wonderful, bustling, fizzing spices... the best from Heaven Hill for some time"
Nose: quite round and integrated. Brown sugar, mint and sweet cocoa. Coffee beans. Bananas flambéed and plenty of caramelized sugar. The rye brings some dusty spices to the table, mainly cinnamon. There’s also an oaky touch but overall this is not the roughest of all ryes, it keeps the middle between a regular rye and a bourbon.
Mouth: drier and spicier now. Sweet coffee again, and plenty of baking spices. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. A little vanilla and honey, but on a lower level. Sweet liquorice. Hints of dried coconut. Overall quite oaky. A slightly fragrant / waxy touch as well.
Finish: long, spicy, with pepper and vanilla.
A good rye, with a balanced nose and then much more spicy oomph and oak on the palate.