Heaven Hill 15 (Malts of Scotland Islay Cask Finish) Review

This is a 15 year Heaven Hill from Malts of Scotland finished in an Islay cask and bottled at 53.8% ABV.

Nose: Odd – lightly muted, but can pick out some typical bourbon notes of vanilla/caramel with some dry oak and active yeast. Islay cask finish adds some burnt oak elements. A bit of green apple and rubber cement appear after a bit.

Palate: Still kind of odd here – some smoky notes blended with vanilla and brown sugar. Still rather oaky and dry.

Finish: Dry and short as oak turns a bit bitter. Subtle smoky notes linger.

Rating: 82/100 – This is an odd one. I’m usually all for unorthodox finishes, but the Islay cask finish muddles the waters of this bourbon making it a bit incoherent.

Value for the money:  I think these retailed around €120 or so when they came out, and it’s an easy pass for me at that price or higher.

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