Black Maple Hill is one of those bourbon out there that don’t have much info about them to be found. No age, no distillery to be named and only stating an ABV and the fact that it is Kentucky Straight Bourbon on the label.
This dram was discussed a little bit on Twitter when Shai A. asked us if anyone recognized a close up of a fraction of the label (someone did, not me) and then sent out samples to some people for a taste.
Apparently, as it turns out, it’s a fairly affordable bottle but with a rather great and popular product inside it. According to Whiskybase it should set you back only € 25. That is probably the price calculated from dollars in the USA, since most bourbons are a lot more expensive here.
It’s bottled by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, which is a company that has only recently become an actual distillery by reviving Willett. Before that they were more like a lot of other ‘indies’ in the States, blending sourced product from different distilleries.
I’m not sure if it is still in production, since the KBD site doesn’t mention it at all, while it does talk about their other brands.
There’s a lot of oak at first, and the spices that come from it. Not too sweet with some bread crust and cloves. Some tobacco and moist autumn leaves. Bitter caramel after a couple of minutes.
On the palate this dram is fairly gentle with the oak and tobacco returning. Very autumnal with black pepper and pie pastry/dough.
The finish is spicy again with some warming, peppery heat. Dry oak and a certain fruitiness that I cannot pinpoint.
It’s not the most complex of whiskeys but I don’t think anyone expects that from this bottle. There’s enough happening here and at the price it sits it fills its role more than adequately. All in all, a lovely dram and very easily drinkable. Thanks Shai!
Black Maple Hill, 47.5%, Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. Shouldn’t be much more than $ 30 or so.