Score: 90 points
This limited-edition Bourbon commemorates the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Heaven Hill Distillery fire that destroyed the distillery and several warehouses. The whiskey comes from four barrels bottled in March of 1996 and matured in a warehouse that was next to those destroyed in the fire.
The nose is aromatic and smoky with notes of roasted corn, caramel, molasses cookies, charred oak, and pipe tobacco. The taste is smoky and spicy with charred oak, cinnamon, clove, caramel cola, molasses, and a touch of dark chocolate. The finish is long and woody with a touch of smokiness, caramel cola, and molasses. It’s a bit oaky, but if you like that sort of thing, go for it! (December, 2016)