Heaven Hill Distillery | Review

Every Heaven Hill Bourbon Reviewed [2021]

Last updated Feb 14, 2021 | Published on Feb 14, 2021

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by Matty Sims

Heaven Hill Bourbon Facts
InfoDetails
Founded1935 as Old Heavenhill Springs by the Shapiro Brothers
OwnerShapiro Family
Off the Still140 Proof
In the Barrel125 Proof
Barrel Char#3
Mashbill78% Corn, 10% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
Also Known AsOld Heavenhill Springs, Heaven Hill Distillery Bernheim Facility, Elijah Craig Distillery, Old Evan Williams Distillery
Master DistillersMaster Distiller Years
Joeseph L. Beam (Jim Beam’s cousin) 1935 to 1940s
Harry Beam1940s
Park Beam1940s to 1946
Earl Beam1946 to 1960s
Parker Beam1960 to 2013 (over 50 years)
Craig Beam1983 to 2017
Denny Potter2014 to 2018
Conor O’ Driscoll2019 to Present

Heaven Hill bourbon is a household name in Kentucky. Chances are you’ve had bourbon from the Bernheim Distillery even if it wasn’t branded as Heaven Hill. The Shapiros have owned and operated Heaven Hill since 1935. They are one of the few family-owned distilleries. Who is the largest bourbon distillery in America? That would be Heaven Hill. The fact that it’s privately owned makes this feat even more amazing.

Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond was the second whiskey released by the young distillery. It was first distilled in 1939. Heaven Hill was making its whiskey in Bardstown (DSP-KY-31) until 1996 when a fire destroyed the original distillery.

Prior to the fire, Heaven Hill was using a mashbill of 75% Corn, 13% Rye, and 12% malted barley which changed to 78% corn, 10% rye, and 12% malted barley when they re-opened operations at the Bernheim Distillery (DSP-KY-1) outside of Lousiville in 2000. The mashbill was changed to hit the flavor profile of their signature brands while taking account of the new distillery’s idiosyncrasies.

Between the four years of Bardstown burning down and Bernheim being purchased, the Kentucky bourbon community rallied around Heaven Hill to help them meet production demands. For instance, you may find some Rittenhouse Rye with a DSP-KY 354 on the label. This means it was contract distilled at Brown-Foreman.

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Heaven Hill White Label Bourbon (80 Proof)

 

Heaven Hill’s signature bourbon is 80 years old and counting. It was first released in 1940 as a 4-year-old bourbon. Full Review Coming Soon.

Heaven Hill 6-Year Green Label Bourbon (90 Proof) Review

 

One note: you don’t get too many 6-year-old bourbons at this price point. Full Review Coming Soon

Heaven Hill 6-Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon Review

Heaven Hill 6-Year Bottled in Bond

Heaven Hill 6-Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon
HH 6-Year Bottled in BondDetails
Mashbill78% Corn, 12% Malted Barley, and 10% Rye
In the Bottle100 Proof
ABV50%
Age6YO
TypeBottled in Bond
Price$10.00
DistilleryBernheim Distillery
1701 W Breckinridge St.
Louisville, KY 40210
ProsFlavor-Packed Nose
ConsRough Around the Edges
RatingBronze 80 out of 100 points
InventoryDiscontinued

The Heaven Hill 6-year Bottled in Bond was first released in 1939 but was discontinued after 78 years in 2018. Thankfully that did not last long as it was re-branded and released a year older in late 2019. It has great viscosity and twirling it in my Glencairn whiskey glass produces thick beads covering the glass. It’s is a light copper color.

Nose – 82 out of 100 Points

HH 6 has an unrefined but flavor-packed nose. It smacks you in the face with notes of toasted oak, mild vanilla, and cinnamon. Plus for 100 proof, it’s got a solid right hook of ethanol.

Taste – 81 out of 100 Points

It’s a quick pop of rich, sweet caramel apple then it’s charred oak. The savory baking spice kicks in with cinnamon, clove, and cardamom. The back of the palate is black pepper. Lots of flavor potential but it’s not refined much. This wouldn’t be a beginner’s bourbon.

Finish – 78 out of 100 Points

It’s a medium finish with black pepper and oak.

Verdict – Bronze 80 out of 100 points

Heaven Hill 6-year Bottled in Bond has been discontinued for several years and honestly, I like it less than I remember. Maybe it was the hype but returning to it, it’s less refined. The Heaven Hill 7-year Bottled in Bond appears to be a much-needed infusion into this line.

Heaven Hill 7-Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon Review

 

Heaven Hill 7-Year Bottled in Bond was released in the fall of 2019 as a predecessor to the Heaven Hill 6-Year Bottled in Bond. I will have a full review of this bourbon shortly.

 Heaven Hill 27-Year-Old Barrel Proof Small Batch Review

 

Heaven Hill 27-Year-Old Barrel Proof Small Batch was released in 2018. I have a local friend who will hopefully be sharing a sample soon so I can add it to my review.

Heaven Hill 85th Anniversary

Heaven Hill 85th Anniversary was released in Dec 2020 to honor Heaven Hill’s founding in 1935. Full review coming soon.

Heaven Hill Bourbon: Frequently Asked Questions

Heaven Hill Bourbon

Is Heaven Hill Bourbon good?

Heaven Hill Bourbon is delicious. I would start off by drinking the Heaven Hill 7-Year Bottled in Bond.

Who makes Heaven Hill bourbon?

Heaven Hill Bourbon is made by Heaven Hill Distillery which has been owned by the Shaprio family since 1935.

How much is Heaven Hill bourbon?

What I love about Heaven Hill is

Who Is Heaven Hill owned by?

It’s one of the few American, private, family-owned, and operated bourbon distilleries of its size. The Shapiros have owned it since its inception in 1935 and have grown it into the largest bourbon distillery in America.

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.
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