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DowntownD
06-05-2009, 04:02
In looking at my bar, I've noticed that the only Heaven Hill juice that I have is the Rittenhouse BIB Rye (which I like and stock). And - I have a space open (in my 20 Whiskeys rack (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12353)) for another Rye'd Bourbon and I think I'd like to find something from Heaven Hill to round out the bunch (since for Bourbons I've already got juice from BT, Beam, 4R, and WT).

So what do you guys think is the very best Bourbon from the fine folks at Heaven Hill, amongst what's currently being made and reasonably available (regardless of cost or age or anything, taste is the only thing that matters in this case)? I think, for no particular reason, that I've had very little HH to date - so I'm looking look forward to your informed opinions.

essentially, I'd like to find the very best/tasty example HH's "essence"...

thanks.

HighTower
06-05-2009, 06:59
I love Elijah Craig...both the 12yo and the 18yo. Plenty find the 18yo overly woody, so maybe go with the 12. Great bourbon.

Scott

Josh
06-05-2009, 07:37
I love Elijah Craig...both the 12yo and the 18yo. Plenty find the 18yo overly woody, so maybe go with the 12. Great bourbon.

Scott

I would tend to agree, with honrable mention going to Parker Hertitage, EWSB and HH BiB

Single-Barrel
06-05-2009, 07:51
I love Elijah Craig...both the 12yo and the 18yo. Plenty find the 18yo overly woody, so maybe go with the 12. Great bourbon.

Scott

X2 - The 12 is just right!!


I also agree with Josh The Parker Heritage "if you can find/afford it" is a really great selection.

theDon
06-05-2009, 08:24
I tend to enjoy the Bonded HH products most of all. Most are very simple, solid bourbons and a great value. Maybe not Dant so much, but the Old Heaven Hill and Old Fitz are what are available here.

Also for a multi purpose bourbon plain old Evan Williams.

DeanSheen
06-05-2009, 08:39
I thought the younger products were the better ones.

I like RITT BIB, but EC12 and EWSB I dont care for. EC18 was okay the few times I've had it. One of these days I have to pick up a NAS EW just to try.

I was looking at JW Dant in the store yesterday but it wasnt BIB. They also had the Green Label which I think was VOHH maybe 86? I was tempted but passed.

*Paging Barturtule, "what was that young HH juice you said wasnt bad?"

MikeK
06-05-2009, 09:10
The Henry McKenna 10yo in the freaky bottle is very good. I also love all the low-rent HH BIB's. Can't beat the value.

OscarV
06-05-2009, 12:34
I think the standard Evan Williams black label is excellent on the rocks, has a nice minty tail at the end.
At about $14.00 it is hard to beat.

barturtle
06-05-2009, 12:50
*Paging Barturtule, "what was that young HH juice you said wasnt bad?"


The one I like is Evan Williams White Label BIB, but it's not widely available.


Go with the EWSB.

OscarV
06-05-2009, 12:52
The one I like is Evan Williams White Label BIB, but it's not widely available.


I can't find it at all.
I hear it is in Tennessee.

Josh
06-05-2009, 12:56
The one I like is Evan Williams White Label BIB, but it's not widely available.


Go with the EWSB.

How different is it from the HH White Label BiB?

barturtle
06-05-2009, 13:22
How different is it from the HH White Label BiB?

Well, there is the HH White with green text but that is 6yo BIB (the inverse green with white text is the non BIB 6yo HH) but off the top of my head I don't know of a 4yo BIB White label HH.

Here is a pic (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=106929&postcount=20) of the gold BIB, the White/Green BIB 6yo and VROHH 10yo BIB.

As far as how do the bunch compare with the EW BIB White...I haven't done a side by side yet...

OscarV
06-05-2009, 13:30
I've had both the HH BIB 6yo and 10yo.
I can sum the taste of those in one word, hot.

But I do want to get some Evan William white label.

theDon
06-05-2009, 13:33
If you can find this expression, don't know if it's made anymore, it is the best HH product I've tasted. Full of bannanas. It's a 7 year 86 proof. It's on the left.

The one in the middle is a 1993 HH BIB - superb and much rounder and richer in flavor than the current label.

The other is a 1983 Daniel Stewart 80 proof 4 year-also should be HH juice.

Found all those yesterday.

CygnusX-1
06-05-2009, 13:37
I love EC18 so i would pick that, its awsome. If not that the 12 year is great too or EWSB

Josh
06-05-2009, 15:04
Well, there is the HH White with green text but that is 6yo BIB (the inverse green with white text is the non BIB 6yo HH) but off the top of my head I don't know of a 4yo BIB White label HH.

Here is a pic (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=106929&postcount=20) of the gold BIB, the White/Green BIB 6yo and VROHH 10yo BIB.

As far as how do the bunch compare with the EW BIB White...I haven't done a side by side yet...

I see, the EW White BiB is 4 y/o and the HH I was thinking of is 6. That answers my question. I would like to get my hands on a bottle of that 7 y/o though. Sounds good, Don.

ratcheer
06-05-2009, 15:49
Of the ones I have been able to try, my vote definitely goes to Henry McKenna 10-year old single barrel.

Tim

Virus_Of_Life
06-05-2009, 20:08
The one I like is Evan Williams White Label BIB, but it's not widely available.


Go with the EWSB.

As I Mentioned in your 20whiskies thread, and as Timothy states above the EW BiB is very good, and cheap so it'd be perfect for your value shelf. If you can't find it, again as I mentioned and Timothy states go with EWSB.

kickert
06-06-2009, 08:56
I like EWSB better than EC12, but I think EC12 is the quintessential HH pour.

jburlowski
06-06-2009, 11:37
The Parker Heritage is one of the best bourbons... from any distillery.

OscarV
06-06-2009, 13:19
The Parker Heritage is one of the best bourbons... from any distillery.

Ditto!
Especially the 2007 122.6 proof, small slow sips takes you places.

independant
06-06-2009, 14:09
The Parker Heritage is one of the best bourbons... from any distillery.

I have to agree if you can find it and don't mind the money this is it.
Other then that EWSB is the best you get without breaking the bank

barturtle
06-06-2009, 14:19
essentially, I'd like to find the very best/tasty example HH's "essence"...

thanks.


The Parker Heritage is one of the best bourbons... from any distillery.

While I also like Parker's, I'm not sure I be willing to call it the best example of HH's essence.

independant
06-06-2009, 15:33
If you are looking for the essence of HH I would say just buy a bottle of EW black.

OscarV
06-06-2009, 18:14
If you are looking for the essence of HH I would say just buy a bottle of EW black.

I am with you, love it on the rocks.

Lost Pollito
06-07-2009, 00:27
While not being the best example of hh essence.... parkers 27 is ridiculously good.

p_elliott
06-07-2009, 00:57
I like EWSB better than EC12, but I think EC12 is the quintessential HH pour.

I like anything better than EC 12

nor02lei
06-07-2009, 03:48
Very surprisingly I found the EW 23 to be the best HH I have tasted so far. I had sat my mind before tasting that it should be far over age but it surely wasn’t.

Leif

cowdery
06-07-2009, 18:19
I would exclude any of the Parker's, not because they aren't great, but because they aren't widely or readily available.

To me, consistently the best example of Heaven Hill's best, that is available just about everywhere and available all of the time, is Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage.

jburlowski
06-08-2009, 14:00
While I also like Parker's, I'm not sure I be willing to call it the best example of HH's essence.


And, what would you call as the best example?

barturtle
06-08-2009, 18:41
And, what would you call as the best example?

I'll go with my recommendation of EWSB.