Heaven Hill 27 Year Review

Heaven Hill 27 Year 

Heaven Hill 27

There are those marks in time that seemingly every true bourbon nerd knows.   Like the year of the Bottled-in-Bond Act.  Or the year Stitzel-Weller closed.  Or the year Sazerac 18 exhausted its “vatted” rye stock.   The year of the Heaven Hill fire is one of those.

In 1996, Heaven Hill experienced a devastating fire, destroying many warehouses, the still house, and over 90,000 barrels of aging whiskey.  Certainly the loss of aging stock was tragic, but the loss of the still house changed Heaven Hill forever.

After the fire, with no place to distill, the bourbon industry stepped up to Heaven Hill’s rescue.  Distillers like Brown-Foreman and Jim Beam started contract distilling for Heaven Hill (to Heaven Hill’s specifications).  Then in 1999, instead of rebuilding the distillery, Heaven Hill purchased and began operating the Bernheim distillery, which it operates today.  

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Henry McKenna Single Barrel Review

Henry McKenna Single Barrel has been known as a solid, mid-shelf, value bourbon.

Henry McKenna Single Barrel

Its specifications knock down many of the pins that bourbon fans want:

      • Bottled-in-Bond
      • 100 proof
      • 10-year age statement
      • Single barrel
      • Distilled, aged, and bottled on site by Heaven Hill, a reputable distiller
      • And, at least around here, will only set you back about $32

And yet, even with all it brings to the table, this bourbon has not traditionally been highly sought after. Maybe that’s because its label does not bear the words “limited release” or “special edition.” Maybe it’s because of its general availability.

Well, those days may be over.

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Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Release Announcement

On April 10, 2018, Heaven Hill received approval for its release of Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon.

Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon

Larceny is a wheated bourbon (68% corn, 20% wheat, 12% malted barley) distilled and produced by Heaven Hill. Its lineage is presumably tied to the infamous Old Fitzgerald bourbon.

The approved label shows a proof of 125, up from the standard Larceny Bourbon’s 92 proof.

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