Producer: Hilhaven Lodge. Distillers: undisclosed. ABV: 40%. No age statement. Blend: undisclosed. Price: $50.
The new Hilhaven Lodge blended American whiskey is named after the Beverly Hills residence, built in 1927, that has the distinguished provenance of many famous Hollywood celebrities.
The lodge’s current owner, producer and director Brett Ratner, teamed up with Diageo to release this whiskey as a tribute to the home’s long history as a place of casual afternoon celebrations and late night soirées.
The whiskey is an eclectic blend of bourbon, rye, and Tennessee whiskeys from three different decades, which results in a surprising unique flavor profile. (See some interesting speculation from The Whiskey Jug on possible origins.) On the nose are Werther’s caramel, shaved vanilla bean and warm toffee. At 40% ABV, the palate is light, with a pleasant mixture of moderate sweetness and subtle spice. Gentle notes of oak are intertwined with caramel, vanilla, and citrus. Spice dominates the long finish, encouraging contemplation of the interplay of the different whiskeys in this blend.
Some may dismiss the marketing behind this whiskey, but I think it fits quite well. This is a versatile whiskey that I’d feel very comfortable serving neat or in cocktails at parties and celebrations to guests with a broad range of whiskey-drinking experience.
Now I just need to come up with a name as good as this for my own house.
Cheers! – JTR
A company representative graciously provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.