Black Maple Hill Bourbon Review

Black Maple Hill is a damn fine, 95-proof bourbon at a damn fine price. My friends and I call it “the one that smells like bananas,” but there’s more to it than its tropical nose.

It starts out mellow on the tongue with a bit of a sweet, fruity taste and quickly brings on a little heat to let you know that, yes, this is Kentucky bourbon you’re drinking. The result is a solid, complex bourbon that builds in flavor and intensity without overwhelming or giving too much spice.

At around $32 a bottle, it’s well-priced. Straight or in a cocktail, it delivers.

Contrary to what many blogs and online retailers say, Black Maple Hill is not distilled by Heaven Hill or Buffalo Trace. The bottle says it’s bottled by Black Maple Hill Distilling Co. (which does not appear to have a website) and distributed by CVI Brands in California (which has a bare-bones site with no further information).

I’ll let the air of mystery remain … until I take a trip to Kentucky to visit distilleries, in which case this one has to be on the list.

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Black Maple Hill @ K&L Wine Merchants
Photo by K&L Wine Merchants.

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  1. by spencer, September 16th, 2010 at 6:48 am

    this is bottled by heaven hill distilleries (ya, kind of surprsing for a such a great bourbon) but you should most definitely make a trip out to kentucky to check out the bourbon trail.

  2. by jkretch, September 16th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    @spencer My friend first intro’d me to Black Maple Hill about a year ago. It’s one of those bourbons that’s so good you don’t want to drink it. They have an extra aged bottle that you can only get if you’re lucky, only a few barrels a year. It’s a hidden gem for sure, and I had no idea it was a heaven hill bourbon. Shocked.