Rabbit Hole Heigold Review
Rabbit Hole Heigold Quick Stats:
Spirit: Rabbit Hole Heigold
Distiller: Rabbit Hole
Aged: Over 3 years
Rabbit Hole Distillery Website
About The Distillery:
In this digital world of virtual friends, bots, and blogs, the one true thing is love. It allows us to let go of our avatar masks and reveal the beauty that resides within. It gives us the courage to pursue passions with youthful optimism and stare wide-eyed at the possibilities ahead.
Our founder fell in love with Bourbon and the dream to be part of a tradition dating back to the early settlers of our Kentucky Commonwealth. He risked it all, going down a rabbit hole to create true, original, one-of-a-kind spirits for the discerning and build a legacy to last lifetimes.
No shortcuts. No compromise. Nothing left to chance. With a clear mission to cut through the noise, he set out to redefine the standard for American Whiskey. So, find what you love, and go all in. Because destiny is a choice.
About The Bottle:
The uniqueness of this bourbon starts with mash consisting of corn, malted German rye and malted barley. The German rye is an homage to the bourbon’s namesake. Once distilled, we proof the new make down to 110 before barreling. This produces a rich, decadent bourbon void of harsh flavors or burn. We mature the distillate for 3 years in toasted and charred American White Oak barrels crafted by Kelvin Cooperage. The process of toasting before charring is a modern approach to barrel making, allowing deeper whiskey absorption into the barrel which gives this bourbon its deep flavor and caramel color. To be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail, our Heigold Bourbon is the distilled essence of the American dream. Demanding your attention with each sip.
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Notes & Review
Nose: Intoxicating sweetness. Caramel candy, sweet apple, with breading spices.
Palate: Oak, rye spice, mellowed by the sweetness of the sugar vanilla and caramel.
Finish: Good amount of spice, callback to that fruity on the nose and lingering earth on the tail note.
Honestly, it’s the best smelling aftershave I’ve ever accidentally worn. I managed to spill a few drops after elbow checking the bottle clear off my desk and catching the bourbon on my face, neck and shirt. So I got to spend the next couple of hours smelling like a candy apple confectioner with a drinking problem.
Caramel candy on the nose with a spiced fruitiness you find with these high rye bourbons. If you can imagine a caramel apple in a bourbon reduction, toned down the sweetness a bit, liquified and put into a glass, that’s what you’d get here for the nose. Another pour where you can get absolutely lost in the glass. Hell, stick your nose in the bottle if you want to (I know I did). 95 proof but no need to worry about getting the sinus slapping some ethanol heavy noses bring around the 95 – 100 range.
Oak on the tip of your tongue, ushers in a sweet spice that eases its way across your palate. This is like jumping in a warm jacuzzi after an ice bath or being out in the freezing air. A wake up to your taste buds with the oak and rye spice and then lulled back to ease with the sweeter caramel, vanilla sugar flavors.
The only reason this is a sub 3 for me on the finish is the uncontained earthy rye coating you pick up after the palate starts fading away. I know, I know. It’s a high rye bourbon. I get that there are going to be rye characteristics brought through due to its mashbill. But there are a few things I personally love about ryes and really one main aspect that I could do without. And that’s the earthy, mineral mouthfeel that some pours leave you with. This unfortunately doesn’t do the best job keeping that in line and a few other high rye bourbons do.
It lands right in the middle of the road value-wise for me. If high rye bourbons are your thing and you’ve got 60 bucks for a great looking bottle with a 95 proof bourbon inside, this is something to pick up and at the very least grab a pour of.
User Review( votes)
Orion has been friends with Greg since their high school days.
His love for whiskey grew as he tried different pours Greg was reviewing for Whiskey Culture. And, when Whiskey Culture began traveling around the country, he went with them to document their whiskey expeditions.
Orion now works full-time for Whiskey Culture managing our production schedule and ensuring the quality of our content. He oversees our contributor program, and can be found alongside Greg during their trips to Kentucky either behind the camera, or behind a glass of fine whiskey after a long day of shooting footage.