This is a 14 year expression from Heaven Hill that was finished in port casks for an indeterminate length of time (feel free to fill me in if you have any details on the finishing period). It was bottled at 52.8% ABV.
Nose: Super fruity full of grape juice and candies. Heavy vanilla with bananas and smoked oak.
Palate: Heavy grape notes surrounded by sweet corn and a very noticeable port influence. I’d have to venture this is finished for at least a few years to have this much port influence.
Finish: Sweet grapes with muddled plums becoming rather dry.
Rating: 84/100 – Port finish on bourbons can be tough for me given how sweet bourbon is already. I find port finishing much more interesting when working with rye instead. Looking back, it seems I had very similar thoughts to the Heaven Hill Sherry Cask finish from MoS I reviewed awhile back.
Value for the money: These retailed around €100 (so probably about $80 excluding VAT) and I’d say that’s not a terrible price, but I don’t think I’d buy a full bottle.