Christian Dully Cask Select - Heaven Hill
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Aged in Kentucky and Scotland
Heaven Hill Distillery
Retail Price: $150
Mash Bill: Undisclosed - Said to be >90% Corn
Bottle 178 of 246
Poured Neat in a Glencairn
Color: Golden Amber
Nose: Straight from the cork pop, I pulled an oaky vanilla scent. As I poured this and started to nose it more, I picked up on a few earthy undertones and one very particular scent which filled the glass...Angel Food Cake!
Palate: The oaky vanilla flavors hit first with a touch of malt and a beautiful char tone. Those flavors push way to exactly what I picked up on the nose: a buttery Angel Food Cake. Now try to imagine the "bottom crust" of the cake. That is exactly the flavor I take away overall. As a big fan of butter and sweetness, this is speaking to me more than you can imagine. The high-proof has no burning sensation in my mouth and appears to drink more as a 115-120 proofer.
Finish: An oily coating mixed with a warm linger creates an experience that makes you want to reach for another sip very quickly.
Overall: What can I add that I didn't already touch on? This is a very unique and phenomenal pour. From the heat to the buttery crispness to the soft Angel Food Cake, this pour is in my wheelhouse.
Library Rating: 9.4 / 10
Backstory: The short amount of research I did before pulling the trigger on this bottle (actually 3 bottles), had me a little skeptical. But how often does a chance to grab something as unique as this present itself? I saw many posts about the "Archives" bottles (also from Heaven Hill) and this follows suit with a similar process. Please see below directly from the C. Dully website:
A Bourbon for Single Malt Lovers :)
This Heaven Hill aged for several years in the heat of Kentucky, before being moved in its own cask to the cooler climate of Scotland, to slowly gain complexity and maturity. We decided to bottle this now, as it still showed the vigor and power of a teenage bourbon without being overly woody and bitter. We strongly recommend the use of pipette of water when enjoying this bourbon, as it unlocks its sweetness and complexity. We were even tempted to reduce and bottle it around 58%, but ultimately wanted to leave it as the cask intended it, as we know that there are many people who like their bourbon at full power.