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Heaven Hill Distillery

1064 Loretto Road , Bardstown, KY, 40004, U.S.A.
Tel: +1 502 348 3921
Fax: +1 502 348 1512


Articles (10)


With this issue Whisky Magazine celebrates its first anniversary. The birthday party will be held in New York because this issue also marks our arrival in the US, the largest consumer of whisky and wh...

October 1999, Issue 6, page 5

100 Greatest Distilleries to Visit
Our team of writers around the world give you the distilleries you should visit.

December 2011, Issue 100, page 30

50 Monumental Bourbon Moments
To commemorate the 50 years since bourbon made history

July 2014, Issue 121, page 62

A little taste of heaven
Why Jim Murray is talking to the phoenix

October 1999, Issue 6, page 8

A Phoenix from the flames
It's nearly 10 years since a major fire all but destroyed a great part of Heaven Hill. But the distillery's now thriving and going from strength to strength. Charles Cowdery reports

July 2005, Issue 49, page 25

Bourbon uncovered
Gary Regan & Mardee Haidin Regan guide us through the process of whiskey-making American-style

October 1999, Issue 6, page 54

Return of the rye
The bad guy's whiskey is set to leap off the history shelves and stage a magnificent revival. Scott Aiges makes an irresistable case for procurring some bottles.

April 2000, Issue 9, page 59

Sharpest tack (Max L Shapira)
Stuart Maclean Ramsay meets Heaven Hill Distillery President Max L Shapira to find out how they keep it in the family and preserve tradition at one of America's premier bourbon producers

July 2002, Issue 24, page 34

Stepping into Heaven
Louisville's Heaven Hill have taken visitor centres in to a new dimension. Charles K. Cowdery went to the opening

January 2005, Issue 45, page 52

The corporate raider of Cooley
Charles Maclean meets the chairman of Ireland's newest distillery, Cooley, and finds that his story can only be told in epic form

May 1999, Issue 3, page 16

Whiskies (35)

Cadenhead's Heaven Hill 15 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 62.40%
7 Fifteen years is quite old for a bourbon, but this is complex, rounded and a good example of Heaven Hill's style. Keeps the sweet notes dominant.

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Elijah Craig 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00%
8 Less structured than might be expected in a 12 Years Old, but a perilously drinkable, appetising bourbon.

Elijah Craig 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00%
7 Oak (and age) has lessened the creaminess and sweetness of the spirit. Would probably tune in with a cigar, but too oaky for me.

Elijah Craig 18 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Very urbane.

Evan Williams 1989 (Bottled 1998)
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
Light and restrained,but balanced.

Evan Williams 1990 (Bottled 1999)
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
Improved with water. Restrained again with an edgier character than the 89.

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Evan Williams 1990, Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
8 Very different in style. Liqueur-ish.

Evan Williams 1991 (Bottled 2000)
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
Fuller,but well balanced.

Evan Williams 1991, Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
8 Where did she go? Will she return?

Evan Williams 1992 (Bottled 2001)
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
Solidly built and huge. A different style.

Evan Williams 1993 (Bottled 2002)
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
More classic Evan Williams character.

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Evan Williams 1993, Single Barrel
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
8 The big, malty, chocolately style that I associate with Evan Williams. A lovely, voluptuous, afterdinner bourbon. Gains from a splash of water.

Evan Williams 1994 (Bottled 2003)
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
Has the signature mix of honey,citrus, grip and precision.

Evan Williams 1995 (Bottled 2005)
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
In a similar vein to 89 and 94.

Evan Williams 1996 (Bottled 2005)
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
Big and bold.

Evan Williams 1997 (Bottled 2006)
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
More ordered after the '96. Perfumed.

Evan Williams 1998 (Bottled 2007)
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
The bigger fatter ones like this and the ‘92 are slightly less expressive.

Evan Williams 1999 (Bottled 2008)
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
We're back to where we started.

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Evan Williams 23 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 53.50%
8 A lovely bourbon, but I prefer it younger.

Evan Williams Black
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.00%
7 Reminiscent of an old calvados at first. Palate is less creamy than the nose. For those who like it spicy. Water tames spices a little though.

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Evan Williams Single Barrel 1999 Vintage
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
8 Clean very precise and well crafted.

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2000 Vintage
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
8 An old bourbon? With lots of wood notes, all integrated and complex.

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2001
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
8 A more rye-accented single barrel but one which maintains this series' high standard of excellence.

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Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon, 1994
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Another great vintage from Heaven Hill.

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Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2002
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.30%
8 A superb Kentucky delight ! When old bourbons are oak controlled, they reach perfection.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Heaven Hill Signature
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.80%
8 Great personality. Seems to have age but has the weight to balance.

Heaven Hill Trybox Series Rye New Make
Blended - U.S.A. - 62.50%
Again well made and clean and interesting to know where a spirit start, but it's only as a reference point. Again cannot mark.

Heaven Hill Trybox Series New Make
Blended - U.S.A. - 62.50%
Interesting, but why is it being bottled? I've not marked it because there is no frame of reference.

Henry McKenna Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
7 Shy. Diffident. But with its own delicacy.

JTS Brown
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 40.00%
7 A pleasant balance between oaky and creamy notes. The finish is surprisingly long for the alcoholic strength. The mid palate is a bit watery.

Parker's Heritage Master Distiller's Blend of Mashbills
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.50%
8 It needs to be tamed by a dash of water but not too much. An elegant Bourbon.

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Parker's Heritage Collection 1996 Cask Strength Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 61.30%
8 Copes with high alcohol well. Great balance, poise and sophistication.

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Parker's Heritage Collection 27 Years Old 96 Proof
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 48.00%
8 Heaven Hill has quietly been releasing some stunners in recent years. This is another.

Parker's Heritage Collection Cognac Finish 10 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 Everything meshes very nicely here.

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