When it comes to the world of American batch bourbon, everyone knows one thing, the family of Heaven Hill Brands bourbons is hard to beat.
Founded in 1935, Heaven Hill Distilleries is headquartered in the bourbon heartland in Bardstown, Kentucky. The company makes Heaven Hill straight bourbon whiskey along with a range of other spirits. The distillery currently in use by Heaven Hill is located in Louisville, Kentucky.
Heaven Hill is the largest family-owned distiller in the United States and has been in operation since shortly after the repeal of prohibition. The company has a long history of hiring the most skilled master distillers, all of which have come from the well-known Beam family.
The company makes Heaven Hill Bourbon and a number of other brands, such as the popular Evan Williams. The distillery also produces or imports gin, vodka, and other alcoholic beverages.
This award-winning distillery has a time-honored history of producing some of the highest quality straight bourbon whiskeys on the market. It is also loved for its family-owned nature that has somehow managed to stand the test of time.
Heaven Hill Distillery produces spirits from many brands, including:
Let’s take a closer look at a few of their most popular brands: Heaven Hill, Elijah Craig, and Evan Williams.
The namesake Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey has long been a favorite among bourbon drinkers around the country but is especially popular in its home state of Kentucky. This is a spicy, complex, and well-balanced bourbon that is made in accordance with standards set forth in the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. The award-winning bourbon is aged for at least 7 years and is 100 proof.
This is a time-honored straight bourbon whiskey available in several varieties, from the old style, single barrel, small-batch, and barrel proof. Elijah Craig is considered one of the founders of the bourbon movement as he was the first to char oak barrels before aging whiskey. This process created a well-balanced but bold, smooth flavor that has become the standard for bourbons worldwide.
This is a very popular brand of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey and is available in various varieties from the classic Bottled-in-Bond recipe, 1783, single barrel, honey, peach, cherry, and fire. It is a well-loved bourbon that is perfect for sipping or as the base of your favorite cocktail. It combines sweet and spicy notes with a clean finish.
Heaven Hill has an award-winning Bourbon Heritage Center located in Bardstown, Kentucky, that provides a fascinating and interactive history of the American bourbon industry. This is a fun, educational experience that takes you deeper into the culture of bourbon distillation and its long history in the United States.
There are two different tasting tours on offer: the mashbill tasting tour and the whiskey connoisseur experience. These are both unique and affordable events, costing $10 and $20, respectively.
The Mashbill Tasting Tour can only be enjoyed by reservation. You are given a detailed history of both the bourbon industry and Heaven Hill itself on this tour. The tour also provides guests with a taste from three different mashbills.
The Whiskey Connoisseur Experience is also only available by reservation. Not only will you learn all about the bourbon-making process and the history of Heaven Hill Distillery, but you will also get a chance to taste limited edition and premium bourbons along with lessons on how to enjoy their complex flavors best.
Throughout the year, there are also some specialty tours and events. The Heritage Center is also located near Whiskey Row, where you can enjoy tastings at a range of bourbon distilleries, including the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, another offering produced by Heaven Hill Distillery.