This is a 6 year straight rye from Heaven Hill that’s bottled at 55% ABV. It is a relatively new expression from HH that came out within the last couple years, but it appears to have made its way into their core range.
Nose: Buttered rye bread with prominent oak and a bit of anise.
Palate: Surprisingly oak heavy for only 6 years – way more oak than the nose let on with it actually overtaking the rye as the dominant note. Biscuits and black pepper in the background.
Finish: Mostly dry oak with subtle rye.
Rating: 85/100 – A bit too oak forward for me for such a young rye.
Value for the money: These retail around $50 isn’t bad, but I’d rather buy the Baby Saz as you can usually find that closer to $30 and it’s just as good in my book. Or, you could spend an additional $25 or so and come away with a great shelf rye in E.H. Taylor Straight Rye.