I am still fairly new to bourbon/whiskey and fumbling my way through it. I have figured out that I do like rye’s though. Old Potrero = yum. If you can get your hands on a bottle. However, for some time I have heard about the phenomenal flavor of the Black Maple Hill 23 from one friend and from another friend how he really wants to try it but just cannot locate a bottle of it. He had all but given up on ever finding a bottle. But as fortune would have it, I got word that K and L Wines had found a couple of bottles stashed away that a customer never picked up. Without hesitation I jumped on picking up a couple of bottles – one for each of the aforementioned friends. I finally was able to try some of this mythical whiskey last week.
Black Maple Hill is not an actual distillery – it is a product from Kentucky Bourbon Distiller’s, Ltd. which is more of a bottler than anything. They purchase whiskey from other distillers, usually Heaven Hill.
Single Barrel Rye Aged for 23 years
Color: Dark amber – orange
Nose: Tobacco leaves, orange peels, strong dark spices.
Palate: Surprisingly smooth entry but then the spiciness of the rye comes marching through, malty on the back end, a little dry and bitter, oak, the dark spices start to come through and some molasses?
Finish: long and spicy.
Comments: There was definitely a lot more going on in this whiskey – I just wasn’t able to associate things I picked up with any one particular thing. Quite frustrating! I was expecting it to be a lot bolder and was really surprised at how smooth it was. Not to say that it is boring in anyway! A great whiskey and one that is pushing me to try even more.