Heaven Hill to launch 27-year-old Bourbon

Heaven Hill Distillery is set to release a “rare” limited edition 27-year-old barrel-proof Bourbon, priced at US$399.

Heaven Hill 27-Year-Old Barrel Proof Small Batch Bourbon was distilled at the Old Heaven Hill Springs Distillery before it was destroyed by fire in 1996. Only 41 barrels filled in 1989 and 1990 passed taste testing for inclusion in the Bourbon. Five of the barrels were aged on the first and second floors of the building, where “increased humidity and evaporation caused the proof to drop”. Bottled at 47.35% abv, it is said to have an aroma of dried fruits and baking spices, with pipe tobacco notes. The palate, meanwhile, offers an “explosion of vanilla and floral flavour with traces of pepper and clove”, followed by a “long and soft” finish. The Bourbon will be presented in a wooden box bearing two H’s on each side to symbolise the Heaven Hill name. “As stewards of the Bourbon movement we take pride in the perseverance that is a hallmark of Heaven Hill’s 83-year history,” said Heaven Hill president Max L Shapira. “We remain committed to an enduring legacy of quality and patience, just as we have since 1935.” Heaven Hill 27-Year-Old Barrel Proof Small Batch Bourbon will be available this autumn in limited markets for a suggested retail price of US$399.00.