Taster’s Club Top Heaven Hill Recommendations
Written by Emma C | Updated June 2023
When it comes to flavor and tradition that runs deep, there’s nothing quite like Heaven Hill, where each of its spirits is crafted with passion and purpose. Heaven Hill is not just a distillery – it's a storyteller of tradition, craftsmanship, and the spirit of the land. Each bottle holds a glimpse into the past, a testament to the artistry and dedication of the master blenders who carefully create it.
Heaven Hill was founded in Kentucky in 1935, just after prohibition ended, to make and market premium bourbon and American whiskey. It faced challenges along the way but is now the country’s fifth-largest distilled spirits supplier. Since the 1990s, the maker has built its portfolio of whiskeys, vodkas, liqueurs, rums, and more, including the second-largest-selling bourbon in the world (Evan Williams). Known as an innovator with products filling liquor market gaps, the company relies on its commitment to independence and family ownership rooted in a mission and values with a long-term view. If you’re looking for something new, this Taster’s Club collection of our favorite Heaven Hill bottles have all you need.
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Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey
This Heaven Hill original is named for the famed Bernheim Distillery in Louisville. 7-Year-Old Wheat Whiskey, Bernheim Original is the first new style of American Whiskey to be introduced since Prohibition. Aged for 7 years in traditional open rickhouses, Bernheim’s mellow taste is refreshingly smooth when served straight or in cocktails.
Region Kenucky | Tasting Notes toffee, berries, and spice | ABV 45%
Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bourbon
This high proof, Kentucky Straight Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon was named for Henry McKenna, the Irish immigrant who adapted his family's whiskey recipe to work with Kentucky grains. Henry McKenna is perfectly balanced and one of the longest aged Bottled-in-Bond whiskeys available today, resting in the barrel for 10 years.
Region Kenucky | Tasting Notes sharp spices, honey, and sweetness | ABV 50%
Rittenhouse 100 proof straight rye whisky has a storied past with a heritage that commemorates Philadelphia's famous Rittenhouse Square. Bottled-in-Bond, today's Rittenhouse carries the distinct, spicy flavor long associated with the brand. Rittenhouse is the rye whisky of choice for both mixologists and whisky connoisseurs alike.
Region Kentucky | Tasting Notes cocoa, citrus, cinnamon | ABV 50%
Larceny Small Batch
Larceny Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey originates from John E. Fitzgerald and the Old Fitzgerald brand. Master Distillers select a limited number of barrels from specific floor locations in the rickhouse for the six-year-old taste profile. Using wheat in place of rye as the secondary grain in the mash bill, Larceny has a softer, rounder character.
Region Kentucky | Tasting Notes Buttery caramel and honey | ABV 46%
First produced in Maryland in the 1890s, Pikesville’s 100 proof rye, along with the rest of the once-booming Maryland rye industry, was shuttered by prohibition. The brand reemerged afterward, becoming the last standing Maryland rye, as the rest of the industry's production had ceased.
Region Kentucky | Tasting Notes honeyed rye and cloves | ABV 55%
Elijah Craig Small Batch
Expertly aged in level 3 charred oak barrels hand selected by Master Distillers, this award-winning small batch bourbon is known for its signature warm spice and subtle smoke flavors. It’s sweet, with notes of vanilla, caramel, nut, citrus, oak, and spice.
Region Kentucky | Tasting Notes spice, smoke and nutmeg | ABV 47%
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
This Barrel Proof bourbon is experiencing the spirit in its purest form: uncut, straight from the barrel, and without chill filtering. Each bottle is hand labeled with its unique proof and batch number. You’ll get notes of mint, wood, spice, brown sugar, corn, and peanuts.
Region Kentucky | Tasting Notes Rich vanilla, caramel and butterscotch, pepper | ABV 62.8%
Elijah Craig Straight Rye
A unique combination of spicy rye grains and sweet corn, coupled with steadfast attention to detail, gives Elijah Craig Straight Rye the perfect balance of flavor and smoothness. On the nose, you’ll get fruits, cider, cinnamon, candy, and sweet oak, followed by rye spiciness and a sweet, corn-forward flavor and medium finish.
Region Kentucky | Tasting Notes baking spices and honey | ABV 47%
Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon
Charred to start, toasted to finish – this unique expression takes fully-aged, award-winning Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon and finishes it in a custom-toasted barrel for even more sweet oak complexity. It’s richly complex on the nose with tasting notes of toffee, oak, cocoa, and almond.
Region Kentucky | Tasting Notes: Chocolate, Pepper, Smoky, Spicy | ABV: 47%
Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch
Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch honors the year that Evan Williams founded Kentucky’s first distillery.Pulled from fewer than 200 barrels, this extra-aged, award-winning, small-batch bourbon offers classic aromas of charred oak, caramel, and vanilla, followed by flavors of oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel.
Region Kentucky | Tasting Notes: Fuji apples, pears, light smoke, caramel; cinnamon | ABV 45%
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