Heaven Hill’s Bottled-In-Bond straight Bourbon whiskey was first released in 1939. It has been distilled, matured and bottled according to the parameters set by the Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897.
The expression was put back on the market again very recently in 2019, and has been made available in select markets only. Since Heaven Hill mature this whiskey three years than the parameters set by the Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897, it may be a while before it is released widely.
After Prohibition in America ended, the liquor industry which had lay dormant for many years was jolted back to life. Many established whisky and liquor brands had perished, and many new ones took their place. Heaven Hill Distilleries was once such brand that originated after Prohibition.
Established in 1935, the Shapira Brothers and Joseph. L. Beam invested in the distillery. Beam worked at the distillery as the Master Distiller, and Heaven Hill has employed a member of the Beam family as Master Distiller ever since. The current Master Distillers at the Heaven Hill Distillery are Parker Beam, and his son, Craig Beam.
The current distillery facilities where Heaven Hill’s spirit is distilled is called the Heaven Hill Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. The company claims the Heaven Hill Bernheim Distillery is the world’s largest single-site Bourbon distillery. More than 1300 barrels of spirit are produced at the facility, which is used to create whiskey for a string of brands under Heaven Hill’s portfolio.
A lot of Bourbon whiskey brands are owned by Heaven Hill such as Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, Old Fitzgerald, Larceny, the eponymous original product, Heaven Hill Bourbon and many more.
Heaven Hill’s Bottled-In-Bond product was the very first whiskey launched by the company in 1939. Adhering to the standards set by the Bottled-In-Bottled Act of 1897, the whiskey proved to be a huge success for Heaven Hill.
The Heaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond expression carries an age-statement of 7 years. Like all Bourbon whiskeys are required to, it has been matured in new, charred American Oak barrels. Straight Bourbons have to be aged for more than 4 years, and be distilled from a mash bill that is 51% Corn.
This expression is also labelled ‘Bottled-In-Bond’, which requires the spirit to be distilled at one distillery, during one distilling season. January-June, and July-December are the two stipulated distilling seasons specified by the governing body.
The Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897 also dictates that the whiskey be aged for more than four years, in a federally bonded warehouse. The whiskey has to be bottled at 100 US Proof (50% ABV), and nothing except water can be added to the whiskey to bring it down to the necessary Proof.
The Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897 was passed in order to ensure a certain standard and quality for whiskies back in the day. The quality of whiskies labelled Bottled-In-Bond has developed a great reputation, which is why some brands continue to produce them today.
The Heaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond expression is bottled at 50% ABV, which is the standard limit for Bottled-In-Bond whiskeys in the United States.
The Heaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond straight Bourbon whiskey has not won any major whisky tasting medals or awards.
Well-balanced. Spice and sweet vanilla make their presence felt. Some hints of caramel too
Warming, smooth and spicy first. Sweetness of honey follows with more of that vanilla, caramel and smoke.
Long, sweet and spicy finish. You can feel the charred oak too