Caramel, orange, red apple, licorice, oak, cinnamon, and very little heat come with my first sip. “Chewing” gives me roasted caramel, more oak, cocoa, roasted vanilla, dry nuttiness, dried orange peel with cocktail bitters, red apple, licorice, cinnamon, black pepper, clove, and roasted grains. The flavors have an extra dryness to it, as well as something I can best describe as flat and dull.
The finish has gentle honey, a slightly dark and herbal Coca Cola flavor, and a sprinkle of oak tannins, mint, and licorice. After “chewing”, I’m left with more oak followed by caramel, licorice, and orange.
I’m very disappointed. Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled in Bond tastes fine, but it lacks any meaningful depth or stand out trait. It’s a completely serviceable, drinkable, and forgettable bourbon.