Shortly after Prohibition ended in the United States, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., was founded in Bardstown, Kentucky by the Shapira family to produce and market Bourbon and premium American whiskeys. At the time, it was as speculative a new business venture as the dot com start-ups of the 1990’s — a company founded with no brands, no available stocks of whiskey, and at the height of the Great Depression. Today, the company is the largest independent, family-owned and operated producer and marketer of distilled spirits in the country. According to industry analysts, Heaven Hill is now the seventh largest spirits supplier in the United States and second largest holder of aging Bourbon whiskey in the world with an inventory in excess of 1,000,000 barrels.
In 2014, the company changed names to Heaven Hill Brands. The name and a logo capture the company’s evolution from a leader in American Whiskey production – a position it continues to hold today – to the nation’s sixth-largest distilled spirits supplier. Over the last three decades Heaven Hill has built on its foundation of American Whiskeys to become a broadly diversified supplier of whiskeys, liqueurs, vodkas, rums and other spirits. Heaven Hill’s portfolio includes the world’s second-largest selling Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, and category leaders Christian Brothers Brandy, Burnett’s Vodka and Admiral Nelson’s Rum. The portfolio also includes a growing line of leading imported brands from around the world, such as Hpnotiq and Domaine de Canton liqueurs. Likewise, the company has a stable of innovative brands including PAMA Liqueur, Blackheart Spiced Rum and Evan Williams Flavors. Brands are identified and developed to take advantage of the many, varied consumer tastes and are sold domestically and worldwide in more than 40 countries through innovative and aggressive marketing and sales initiatives.
In stark contrast to the unpredictable and ever-consolidating spirits industry, Heaven Hill remains fiercely independent, guided by the steady hands of the Shapira family. The company is dedicated to establishing long-term relationships with their customers in order to build strong brands and implement consistent, effective programming. Independence, quality and integrity define Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., a company committed to producing and marketing the highest quality spirits products worldwide.
The Whiskyphiles tasting notes
- Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey (45%, OB, 2017)
- Elijah Craig 12 Years Old (47%, OB, 2016)
- Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon (47%, OB, 2017)
- Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon (47%, OB, 2020)
- Evan Williams Black Label Bourbon (43%, OB, 2017)
- Henry McKenna 10 Year Old Single Barrel (50%, OB, 2016)
- John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon (46%, OB, 2017)
That Boutique-Y whisky company
- Heaven Hill 9 Years Old American Whiskey Batch 1 (48.4%, TBWC, 1177 Bottles, 2018)
- Heaven Hill 9 Years Old Straight Corn Whiskey Batch 1 (49.5%, TBWC, 1679 Bottles, 2019)