There are a lot of interesting bourbons out there, but Single Cask Nation 24 Year Bourbon (pre-fire) is even more so. In early 2021, Single Cask Nation released this 24 year old Kentucky bourbon, distilled October 1994 in Kentucky and bottled September 2020…in Scotland of all places. 1500 bottles were distributed globally, 1200 of which were sold in the US. Given the age of this Kentucky bourbon and the subtle / not so subtle hint to a fire in the 90’s suggests that the bourbon comes from Heaven Hill, which experienced a massive fire on November 7, 1996. The only other Heaven Hill bourbons I can think of that are remotely this old are Heaven Hill 27 Year Barrel Proof and Evan Williams 23 Year.
I don’t know how this bourbon ended up in Scotland around 2008, but it’s also so interesting that this was aged in Kentucky for 12 year (and thus was in a nearby rickhouse when the fire happened) then for some reason sent to Scotland to age for another 12 years, where it was eventually bottled for our consumption. This bourbon has had quite the journey to Scotland and then back to the US and into my whiskey shelf. Let’s experience a piece of bourbon history and exploration in this Single Cask Nation 24 Year Bourbon review.