Heaven Hill

Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Founded: 1935
Master Distiller: Conor O’Driscoll
Grains: Corn from Indiana and Kentucky, Rye from Canada and North and South Dakota, Barley from a variety of US locations.
Mash bills: (Bourbon) 78% Corn, 12% Malted Barley and 10% Rye.
Distillation: 2 x 66inch 70ft tall column stills and Double distilled

The History of Heaven Hill

As Prohibition ended in the United States, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., was founded in Bardstown, Kentucky by the Shapira family. Despite starting with no brands and no available stocks of whiskey in the midst of the Great Depression, the company is the largest independent, family-owned and operated distilled spirits supplier in the country. According to industry analysts, Heaven Hill is now the fifth-largest spirits supplier in the United States and second largest holder of aging Bourbon Whiskey in the world with an inventory in excess of 1,600,000 barrels.

The original distillery was built on acreage in Bardstown owned by a man named William Heavenhill. The story of how Mr. Heavenhill’s name ended up as Heaven Hill comes down to a typographical error made on paperwork sent to state officials.

When told it would cost $10 to return the name to Heavenhill, it was deemed unnecessary and Heaven Hill stood. The first barrels were filled on December 13, 1935, but it wouldn’t be until four years later that the liquid inside was properly aged and the owners released their namesake whiskey: Old Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon

Right from the start, members of the Jim Beam Bourbon family oversaw the distillation process. Initially, its was Joe and Harry Beam’s expertise and then Earl Beam became Heaven Hill’s Master Distiller, a job he would be in for the next 29 years.

In that time, Old Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond became Kentucky’s number one-selling Bourbon and the distillery grew. More rickhouses were built and with growing stocks, Heaven Hill could begin to extra-age some of its Bourbon.

Parker Beam tool the reigns in 1975 and oversaw the creation of new Bourbon brands such as Elijah Craig, Evan Williams and Henry McKenna. It was the aged whiskey though that would later provide so much reward for the Heaven Hill brand.