The Heaven Hill Old Style Bourbon Whiskey is produced at the Heaven Hill Bernheim distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. The manufacturer of this dram is the second-largest holder of bourbon whiskey in the world and still owned by the founder’s family.
This Kentucky straight bourbon has a full aroma of vanilla, caramel, maize, green apple, nutmeg and a little spiciness. On the palate the spirit shows vanilla and apple notes, sweet caramel, an oaky spiciness, traces of cinnamon, nutmeg and even nuances of bananas. During the finish the sweet fruitiness is fading out.
The Heaven Hill Old Style matured at least for four years in new charred oak casks. They are made of American white oak. Charring the casks before use is an important step, which has a direct influence on the character of the bourbon. By coaling the barrels the wood sugar is caramelised and the structure of the wood is opened. Thus, the exchange between cask and spirit is more intense. Typically, those casks create a sweet vanilla flavour and a mild character.