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Flashback Friday – Bourbon Falls Bourbon

In 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery opened in Bardstown, Ky. It was founded by the five Shapira brothers. They had no experience in the distilling industry and no established brands. They were, however, excellent businessmen with a plan. They would distill... Continue Reading →

Heaven Hill Opens Their Expanded Visitor’s Center

Heaven Hill has had a Visitor’s Center in Bardstown for over a decade. It has always had an interesting museum, a gift shop and one of the nicest tasting rooms in the industry. The late Harry Shapira was instrumental in... Continue Reading →

Brand History – Henry McKenna

The Henry McKenna brand has grown in popularity since the 10 year old bonded Bourbon was named a best buy a couple of years ago. The brand was created by Irish immigrant, Henry McKenna. Henry McKenna was born in Ireland... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Heaven Hill Select Stock Finished in a Cognac Barrel

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass This bottle was purchased at the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown, Kentucky. It is a barrel selection for the gift shop. According to the government regulations, finished whiskeys cannot have... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Evan Williams Red Label

Evan Williams is Heaven Hill’s flagship brand. The Black Label is their largest selling Bourbon and they have several extensions of the brand including a Bottled-in-Bond and a 12 years old Red Label. They are all excellent whiskeys. The brand... Continue Reading →

Kentucky’s Great Distilleries: Heaven Hill – The Keepers Of Heritage

Heaven Hill is a family owned distillery that opened in Bardstown, Kentucky at the end of Prohibition. The company had been found in 1935 by the five Shapira brothers who hired Joe L. Beam to be their first distiller. It... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Very Special Old Fitzgerald 12 Year

Very Special Old Fitzgerald has always been a sentimental favorite of mine. Back in my days as archivist for United Distillers, this is one of the brands I helped develop for the Bourbon Heritage Collection. The brand was sold to... Continue Reading →

Some More Thoughts on Rye

Before Prohibition, rye whiskey was the most popular whiskey in the United States. The big brands were based in Pennsylvania and Maryland, but Kentucky distillers also offered rye whiskies. W. L. Weller, Old Crow and others had rye whiskey versions... Continue Reading →

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