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Black Maple Hill

Oregon Black Maple Hill has been produced since 2014, in a craft distillery in Joseph, Oregon, owned and ran by the Stein family. Grain farmers from a small agricultural community, they have lived off the land since the 1890s, but it wasn’t until 2009 that they made the decision to start producing vodka, cordials, and whiskey as a reaction to the veracity of the commodity grain market. Owning and running a grain farm has its uses, however, and one such advantage is that all the grain used in the production of alcohol is sourced from either the Stein homestead or, in the case of the corn, from a cousin in Hermiston.

The Black Maple Hill brand dates back well before the Stein family began producing it in Oregon, however. It was first introduced back in 2000 by CVI Brands, a bottler and importer of spirits like Cognac, calvados, grappa, fruit brandy, rum, mezcal, and a handful of Scotch brands based in San Carlos, California portfolio. They started sourcing bourbon from Kentucky, which was said to be wheated bourbon from Stizel-Weller and bottled first by Julian Van Winkle III, and then by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers.

The scarcity and mystery of Black Maple Hill bottlings meant they could sell for thousands of your chosen currency on the secondary market, but, alas, Icarus flew to close to the sun, and intense demand and spiraling price inflation was to be its undoing, at least in this form. As the trend for bourbon, and whiskey in general, began to grow towards the late-2000s, supplies of CVI Brands aged stock, both single barrel and small batch, began to dry up, so Black Maple Hill had to move to non-age statement releases.

This wasn’t to be the biggest issue, however, that was sourcing the whiskey, and the choice was made to swap classic Kentucky bourbon for craft whiskey from Oregon. By now the reality has very much hit home for bourbon fans, Oregon Black Maple Hill bottlings aren’t the same product as their former namesakes, and the cult favourite is not going to be making a comeback soon.

Yet, the Stein family clearly understand their craft, and the reincarnations should be judged in its own right, as both a rye whiskey and a bourbon whiskey. They don’t carry an age statement, but are said to be made up of casks between four and five years of age, and everything’s distilled and aged onsite in full-sized barrels. Oregon Black Maple Hill bottlings aren’t tributes or imitations, even the old bottle shape has changed, and has become stockier and shorter.

The only thing to do now is see if you like the new incarnations, and you won’t know until you try...

Black Maple Hill Rye

75cl, 47.5%

An enjoyably spicy rye from the Black Maple Hill range, produced in Oregon. An interesting expression, with oodles of freshly ground spice notes sat atop waves of caramel and maple syrup.  More info

Black Maple Hill Rye
$105.44
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Black Maple Hill Bourbon

75cl, 47.5%

This is a rather intriguing bourbon from the Black Maple Hill range, which was produced in Oregon - not exactly the first place you think of when you think of bourbon! The result is unique and tasty…  More info

Black Maple Hill Bourbon
$105.44
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