Black Maple Hill 18 Rye
Added on Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 12:59 AM
  Bottler: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.
  Age: 18 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Rye
  ABV: 47.50 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Cask no. R70.  Kentucky Bourbon Distillers does not actually distill any whiskey, they purchase bulk whiskey (allegedly, typically from Heaven Hill) and bottle it under various labels.   Their bottling operation is located in the former Willett Distillery. 
Member Ratings and Notes
Definite rye nose, but not overwhelmingly so.  The flavor -- this is a decent rye, and closer to a bourbon.  Seems to have a relatively low rye content.  Finish is semi-long, dryer, and basically too tannic and woody.  Like I said, this is decent rye whiskey, but I don't know that I would seek it out.  Some may enjoy the very-oaky aspect.  B-/B
N: Purple smells, bubble gum
P: Big dry rye, but thick with oak.
F: Dry and woody, almost tannic, I'm afraid the wood has overpowered this one.   Still not bad though.
Not a lot of notes, but I liked the orange color and the light body. [11/9/12]

Nose:  Beautiful old rye, sandalwood, spearming, vanilla.

Palate: Opens with strong vanilla, moves to rye notes then turns heavily medicinal toward the end.

Finish: Medicinal with light vanilla notes.


This is probably the most vanilla I've tasted in a rye.  The nose had more traditional rye notes and finish was a bit too medicinal but overall it was quite good.


n: soft buttery rye toast, old clove cigarettes, and a touch of mint. Bit of butter pickle juice and caramel.


t: very soft, opens with vanilla cream and whole cloves. A lot of wood on this that makes for an oily mouthfeel. Middle has a bit of a spearmint "tingle" to it. Long oaky, spicy finish that is delicious but straightforward.  


N: Dry oak, chalk board, oregano and basil

P: Dry and thin.  Coconut oil and mint.  Overpowering oak

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