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The 5 brothers in query are the Shapira brothers, certainly one of whose son is now the president of Heaven Hill, which is making this under-the-radar bottling. Max Shapira’s father and his brothers began Heaven Hill again in 1935 — the date’s on the label of the bottle — and this new launch is produced in honor of that heritage.
What’s the bottle? It’s a mixture of 5 completely different ages of bourbon — all Heaven Hill’s conventional mashbill of 78% corn, 10% rye, and 12% malted barley, which is utilized in actually all of its non-wheated bourbons: Particularly, there’s juice within the bottle that’s 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 years previous. You see: One per brother (although I don’t imagine they had been all one yr aside in age).
In order that’s the backstory. As for the bourbon, it’s strong, albeit fairly candy. A delicate nostril heavy with corn and easy syrup comes throughout as fairly summery, providing a Corn Pops cereal observe with a touch of lemon peel behind it. The palate continues the theme. This isn’t a posh whiskey, its exuberant corny sweetness by no means removed from attain. Right here the lemon fades into the background a bit to permit some notes of hemp rope and baking spice into the fold, with some white pepper notes percolating on the (nonetheless fairly candy) end. A soothing caramel character lingers on the again finish.
All informed, none of this could shock, although I really feel it’s clinging to much more sweetness than most Heaven Hill merchandise I encounter. I discussed the sweetness, proper? Simply checking.
90 proof. Primarily accessible at Heaven Hill’s distillery.
B+ / $60 / heavenhilldistillery.com