A good friend of mine wanted to get a really great present for another good friend of ours — he wanted to get a bottle of Pappy, or better known as Pappy Van Winkle. Now if you know anything about Bourbon, that particular whiskey is the holy grail of American whiskeys right now. If you can even find a bottle, you’d be lucky to afford it — “empty” bottles sell on Ebay for well over twice the retail cost (usually more).
If you find it in a bar, drink it. If you find a bottle, buy it.
Since Pappy was out of the question he sought after Black Maple Hill — a whiskey he learned about in this Wall Street Journal feature.
As luck would have it he snagged what appears to be the last bottle in the state, and gave it as a gift. Luckily for us, our friend opened the bottle and allowed us to partake.
I’ve spoken here about my love for a fine single malt, typically not much of a bourbon fan (which Black Maple Hill is), but I am always open to trying other whiskeys.
Black Maple Hill is perhaps one of the best whiskeys I have ever had, hands down, no question. Best of luck finding it.