Top 20 Whiskies of 2019

#4 • Heaven Hill 7 year old Bottled in Bond

  • Rank: 4
  • Year: 2019
  • Score: 92
  • Price: $40
  • ABV: 50%
  • Style: Straight Bourbon
  • Place of Origin: Kentucky

In 2018, Heaven Hill discontinued its 6 year old bottled in bond bourbon that was sold only in Kentucky, but now has roared back with this widely available 7 year old. While the bottled in bond designation isn’t necessarily a quality guarantee, this whiskey more than proves its merit. It’s explosive, bold, and buttery, with warm flavors of honey-roasted peanuts, caramel, chocolate, corn muffins, licorice, and cinnamon, all accented by notes of savory herbs, cloves, white pepper, tobacco, and an earthy undertone. Well-integrated big oak, sweetness, and spice combine to create grace, power, and length. This is pure bourbon bliss, at a very approachable price. —David Fleming