Heaven Hill 2001 Port Cask Finish (MoS)

American Monday Episode 23

On to the next Heaven Hill bottled by Malts of Scotland. Although neither the Heaven Hill 2005 nor the Heaven Hill 2001 Sherry Hogshead were huge revelations to me, I liked them both just fine. That being said, I am really excited for today’s Heaven Hill 2001 Port Cask Finish. I love bourbon and I love port cask finishes. The only question I have is: can both work together?


Heaven Hill 2001 Port Cask Finish (MoS)

Heaven Hill 2001 Port Cask Finish (MoS)










Name: Heaven Hill 2001 Port Cask Finish
Bottler: Malts of Scotland
Vintage: 2001
Bottled: 2015
Category: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Distillery: Heaven Hill
Cask Type: Port Cask Finish
Cask No.: MoS 15063
Number of bottles: 258
Strength: 52.8% vol.


A pleasant interplay between fruits (blackberries, currants, strawberries and dark cherries) and fresh brownies with caramel sauce. Candied lemon peels. Hints of green herbs and fresh oak.


Starts pretty spicy but gets sweeter and fruitier after a few seconds. The port cask dominants now. Again red fruits, most noticeable cherries. A bit sour around the edges. Dark chocolate followed by caramel.


Medium. Sweet and sour at the same time with a bit of oak.


To answer my initial question: yes, they can! This is obviously not your typical bourbon but a very pleasant change for sure. The nose is a real highlight. Only the finish could use a little more depth and finesse.

Score: 88 / 100


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