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Heaven Hill Distillery. Bardstown, KY © 2019
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HEAVEN HILL BOTTLED-IN-BOND

This Kentucky Bourbon pays tribute to the earliest days of the distillery’s history, when it released the original Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond in 1939. The namesake brand quickly became the number-one-selling Bourbon whiskey in the state of Kentucky. Today, the craftsmanship poured into this bottle meets the exacting standards first set forth in the Bottled-in-Bond act of 1897. This historic offering reflects our founders' firm belief that it takes patience and perseverance to make something of great quality.

Proof: 100 Proof
Age: 7 Years Old

How to enjoy

Bottled-in-Bond

To be labeled as Bottled-in-Bond, a whiskey must:

  • Be the product of one distillery and distilled during just one distillation season, which can run from January-June or July-December
  • Be aged for at least four years
  • Be bottled at exactly 100 Proof
  • Bear the name and number of the Distilled Spirits Plant (D.S.P.) where it was produced, and, if different, the D.S.P. number of the bottling facility
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Tasting Notes

  • Color: Golden amber
  • Aroma: Warm notes of vanilla, honey, and a rich caramel sweetness
  • Taste: Smooth, warm and sweet with a subtle rye spice note; caramel and honey mingle with just enough oak and char to round out the richness
  • Finish: Long, lingering

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Returning to Our Roots

With Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond, we’re bringing new life to our namesake Heaven Hill brand and coming full circle…honoring the Bourbon that gave our distillery its original success.

Following in the Footsteps

We’ve always been family-owned and operated by the Shapira family. That independence has allowed us to uphold our own standards, adhering to the same values instilled by those who started Heaven Hill. In 1935, Heaven Hill put its first whiskey into barrels, but it wasn’t until four years later, in 1939, that we released the original Old Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon. That singular decision—to be patient and allow the whiskey to properly mature—was tough, but it paid off. The whiskey quickly became the #1 selling Bourbon in the state of Kentucky. Those lessons of patience and perseverance continue to drive Heaven Hill today.

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The family of Ed and Sylvia Shapira. Young Max and
his sister Ellen smile in the back seat.

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Ed and Max Shapira work side-by-side
in Bardstown

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The five Shapira brothers, founders of Heaven Hill Distillery from left to right: Mose, Ed, George, Gary and David Shapira

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Max Shapira with a collection of
Heaven Hill Bourbon bottles

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Echoes from the Past

In the early days of the American whiskey industry, not all the products were up to the same standards we expect today. Less-than-scrupulous merchants would mix spirits with "rectifiers" like prune juice, water steeped with tobacco, or even kerosene. In response, Congress passed the Bottled-In-Bond act of 1897, in essence guaranteeing the whiskey’s quality. During Prohibition, a lot of whiskey was produced through dubious, not to mention illegal, methods. Once lawful production of Bourbon distillation was re-introduced in the 1930s, Bottled-in-Bond remained the best way for Heaven Hill to communicate our standards of excellence, and we have proudly featured that seal of approval on many of our whiskeys ever since. In doing so, we’ve kept this important American Whiskey tradition alive. To this day, Heaven Hill produces more Bottled-in-Bond spirits than any other distillery.

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A group poses in front of an
Old Heaven Hill Distillery sign

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Historical advertisement for
Old Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond

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Historical advertisement featuring the slogan
'The Best of the Great Kentucky Bourbons'

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Freshly bottled Old Heaven Hill
Bottled-in-Bond being readied to ship

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The Lineage

To share this extraordinary Bourbon with the world, we crafted a label inspired by historic design and the various ways that Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond bottles have looked throughout the years. Everything about the artwork resonates with tradition, and the label features special details that convey the premium nature of the liquid inside.

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The illustration at the center of the label is hand-sketched and showcases Heaven Hill’s original distillery in Bardstown, KY.

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Family Owned Since 1935 is a very special claim to Heaven Hill. This was true when we began in our earliest days, and we’re extremely proud to have stayed independent, American-owned, and family focused ever since.

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This Bourbon is 7 Years Old harkens back to the way that many of our historic labels declared age statements.

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The second label near the bottle’s base names the Distilled Spirits Plants used to produce and bottle the Bourbon, essential for Bottled-in-Bond certification. DSP KY-1 is our Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, KY and our bottling plant in Bardstown is DSP KY-31. A Bottled-in-Bond spirit must come from one distillery, but that distillery may have multiple locations.

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The gold seal is an emblem reserved for releases that bear the name of Heaven Hill. The seal is also found on the top of the capsule. Previously, it was included on the Heaven Hill 27-Year-Old Barrel Proof Bourbon.

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On the back, The Best of the Great Kentucky Bourbons is a historic phrase that appeared on many Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond labels throughout the decades.

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In the Glass

Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond is extra-aged at 7-years-old and crafted from barrels that matured in our prime rickhouse locations. Because the Bottled-in-Bond rules require that the spirit must come from single distilling season, the number of barrels we can pull from is limited. Being both independently owned and having large reserves of aging whiskey has allowed us to be extremely selective when crafting this Bourbon. The deep flavor of the liquid inside is a result of perseverance, because we were able to wait patiently until just the right barrels had matured. Sipping the Bourbon offers a smooth, warm flavor profile redolent of caramel and honey, mingled with just enough oak and char to round out the richness. The finish is especially satisfying, a balance of pleasant spice notes that meld with the oak and just the right amount of sweet caramel.

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