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Heaven Hill

Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc was founded in Bardstown, Kentucky in 1934, not long after the abolition of Prohibition. Named for William Heavenhill, the company was established by a group of investors including Joseph L Beam and the brothers Shapira: David, Ed, George, Mose and Gary. It was a risky venture from the start; the company did not own whiskey stocks and the Great Depression had reached lofty heights. The business began with just twelve employees and the first barrel was filled on 13th December 1935 bearing the label Bourbon Falls. During the Second World War the distillery halted general whiskey production and instead focussed its efforts on producing alcohol for the war effort. It was in 1957 that the Evan Williams brand was launched by Heaven Hill, named for the man credited as Kentucky’s first distiller. The new brand quickly became a success.

In 1986, Heaven Hill launched the original small batch bourbon, named Elijah Craig for the so-called ‘Father of Bourbon’, a Virginia reverend whose barn caught fire and consequently a good number of his barrels were burnt. Rather than discarding them, Elijah filled the charred receptacles with new whiskey and found that both colour and flavour were greatly improved. Today, his namesake twelve year-old whiskey is the second best-selling bourbon in America. Bourbon is, by no measure, the sole drink that Heaven Hill distributed. In 1988, the company became the licensed agent for Invergordon Distillers, subsequently Whyte and Mackay, and they began importing Scotch whisky. A year later, Heaven Hill acquired the gin brand, Burnett, the bourbon brand Henry McKenna and a Canadian whisky called Harwood. Two years later, Heaven Hill launched Burnett’s Vodka.

During the 1990s the company became a prolific drinks brand with the acquisition of Dubonnet, Coronet VSQ, Copa De Oro Coffee Liqueur and several other liqueurs and spirits brands. Today, Heaven Hill is the seventh largest distributor of bourbon in the US and their massive storage facilities hold 750,000 barrels of maturing whiskey. The company remain independently owned.

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Elijah Craig was named for a reverend who lived in Virginia. He kept a warehouse where he stored barrels and one day experienced a devastating fire. He used the charred casks regardless and found they...  More info
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A rye whiskey crafted in the Monongahela style, this is produced by Heaven Hill, and is a very popular rye whiskey. Aged for 4 years.  More info
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A rye whiskey in the Pennsylvania style, this "carries a famous old Philadelphia name". Very tasty and aromatic.  More info
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Mellow Corn
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Jim Murray describes this as oily with a sweet and spicy flavour. Mellow Corn is distilled at the Heaven Hill distillery.  More info
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Georgia Moon
(75cl, 40%)
Guaranteed less than thirty days old! Georgia Moon is a very interesting and rather enjoyable drink, essentially new make, but distilled from corn.  More info
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The Evan Williams Single Barrel bourbon releases are always exciting, and the 2003 vintage is everything we have come to expect from the American distillers: brilliant bourbon, aged for 10 years and...  More info
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Fighting Cock 6 Year Old
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Bottled at 103 proof (or 51.5% if you are a fellow Limey), this higher strength proffers a far more punchy character. Fighting Cock is a Kentucky bourbon aged for 6 years.  More info
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The Single Barrel Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey releases from Evan Williams are always a treat. They're well made, aged for around 9 years and offer great value for money. Ace. This is the 2004...  More info
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Evan Williams Extra
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A darkly hued sour mash bourbon, aged for seven years. Rich feinty flavours like leather, vanilla and toffee. Very enjoyable.  More info
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A sour mash bourbon from Heaven Hill, JW Dant Special Reserve has a strong rye influence.  More info
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Evan Williams 1783
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A superb Kentucky straight bourbon from Evan Williams, produced in small batches. The 1783 expression is named after the year that Evan Williams set up his distillery on the banks of the Ohio River.  More info
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A very tasty liqueur! Evan Williams Honey Reserve is based on Evan Williams bourbon and flavoured with natural, top quality honey. Delicious!  More info
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First launched for the US market in late 2010, Evan Williams Cherry Reserve is a superb addition to their liqueur range (which also contains the superb Honey variant). This stuff is based on the...  More info
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Apple Pie flavoured Georgia Moon corn spirit - the phrase "as American as apple pie" would be rather apt here, don't you think?  More info
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A 4 year old bourbon from Heaven Hill. This is quite a smooth and easy style of bourbon.  More info
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The "Extra" in "Evan Williams Extra" stands for extra aged, as it has been aged for seven years. Still made using techniques that Evan Williams used himself when he first made the fantastic bourbon...  More info
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£23.45
A bourbon-based cinnamon liqueur from the Evan Williams range, which also includes Honey and Cherry varieties.  More info
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12 year old sour mash bourbon whiskey from the Old Fitzgerald brand, currently owned by Heaven Hill. Lots of corn, caramel and spice behind this one - lovely stuff.  More info
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Although Evan Williams White Label is now their 'Bottled in Bond' bourbon, when this bottle was produced in the 1980s, their white label was reserved for bourbon aged for 8 years.  More info
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A 1980s bottling of Heaven Hill 5 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon, from the famous Heaven Hill Distillery who also produce Evan Williams Bourbon. Comes with a rather snazzy presentation box.  More info
£96.00
A classic in every sense of the word, Evan Williams White Label Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey is a favourite of the back-bar around the world. Bottled at a higher ABV than the regular Evan...  More info
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In the midnight hour, she cried “more, more, more”, more delicious bourbon please. Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is now made at Heaven Hill, using William Larue Weller's original wheat...  More info
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A well aged bourbon, Old Fitzgerald 12 is a very complex, rich whiskey from Heaven Hill. Jim Murray awarded this a staggering 93.5 points!  More info
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As the years go by, the Single Barrel releases from Elijah Craig seem to get older too. It makes sense, doesn't it? And let us tell you - sense tastes like awesome 23 year old Elijah Craig bourbon...  More info
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12 year old Elijah Craig Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, bottled at a sturdy barrel proof of 66.2% ABV. A truly stunning expression, with everything you want from barrel strength, well-aged bourbon...  More info
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