I was reading the comments on the American Whiskey of the Year award at whiskyadvocate.com, and Larry Kass from HH chimed in. The comment was about the EC that won the award, but at the end he dropped what to me is a bombshell:
February 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm
John, you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Kudos to Heaven Hill, now go bottle us some better wheated bourbon please!
Larry Kass says:
February 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm
Larry from Heaven Hill…
Wow, I typically jump on here with a traditional “on behalf of Parker and Craig Beam, and all of us at Heaven Hill, thanks for the award and recognition…”, and we absolutely do feel this way again, but I also feel like John is taking some slings and arrows here which I regret. But I also feel he is stating his case quite decisively and admirably. These are the nature of single barrels, this is the nature of the beast! Each barrel will be different…here is a little secret: the second barrel of this 20yo, which John favored less, was filled one minute after this American Whiskey of the Year winner 20 years ago and aged 5 inches away in the next rick. It tastes different. That is why we think the concept of a single barrel is still so engaging and exciting for a Bourbon lover.
So thanks, truly, from all the Heaven Hill family and I’m going to quietly slip back away into the rickhouse now
And Dave, hold that thought about a wheater for just a little bit longer!