Founded in 1935 after the repeal of Prohibition, Heaven Hill is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned producer and marketer of distilled spirits products. Based in Bardstown, Kentucky, it is the second largest holder of Bourbon whiskey in the world. The roots of history and the art of making America’s true native spirit run deep at Heaven Hill. In the open-rick warehouses where the world’s finest Bourbon ages in charred white oak, you can almost feel the presence of legends like William Heavenhill, the company’s namesake, and Kentucky’s Bourbon pioneers Evan Williams and the Rev. Elijah Craig.
Pouring a deep, dark mahogany, it’s clear this whiskey has gotten friendly with the barrel. The bouquet is huge—massively boozy and hot, with woody forest notes sneaking in around the edges, caramel, and vanilla dancing around. Tasted neat it’s a wallop of alcohol, finishing with baking spices and a burn that won’t quit. I enjoyed it, in a masochistic kind of way. But after cutting this whiskey down to size with a healthy splash of mineral water, the flavors blossom impressively. Now there’s a deep, satisfying dark chocolate sweetness, interesting grassy notes, cinnamon, caramel, and syrup. It’s a chewy dessert whiskey, and each sip leaves me wanting another.