Over its lifespan, a whiskey barrel will be touched by many different pairs of hands. There are the coopers who form and shape the wood into barrels, the distillers who fill them with whiskey and the teams who place them to age in our rickhouses. As time passes, there are experts who monitor temperature changes […]
For centuries, American distillers have aged whiskey in warehouses with styles ranging from converted barns to ornate, custom-built brick buildings. But as the whiskey industry in America began to grow, the warehouses became increasingly simple: austere, wood-frame structures with corrugated metal sides and roofs, filled with basic ricks that hold stacks of barrels. The shift […]
When Heaven Hill Distillery is done using a Bourbon barrel, the life of that barrel has only begun By Mike Smith, Brewery Educator for Goose Island Beer Company When a distillery is done using a Bourbon barrel, the life of that barrel has only begun. Bourbon barrels are frequently used to age other spirits from […]
A DEEP DIVE INTO THE MIGHTY OAK BARREL In an age of next-day shipping and lightweight cardboard boxes, it’s tough to imagine a heavy wooden barrel serving the same purpose it did centuries ago. Back then, barrels were all-purpose containers for storing and transporting nearly anything, but when spirits makers realized they were ideal for […]
OUR BARRELS AND THE FAMILIES WHO MAKE THEM Bonds Stronger Than Oak Barrel making, like whiskey distilling, requires hands-on knowledge, dedication to a time-honored craft, and producers who strive for perfection. For many years, two of the cooperages Heaven Hill Distillery has shared that passion with are: Independent Stave Co. of Lebanon, MO and McGinnis […]
LARRY TALKS ABOUT HIS 20 YEARS AT HEAVEN HILL For more than 20 years, Larry Kass, our Director of Trade Relations, has served as the voice of Heaven Hill. When media called with questions, Larry gave answers. In public forums, Larry represented us. When the distillery needed a representative in Frankfort, Ky., or on Capitol […]
We’re proud to announce the release a limited-edition, 27-year-old Barrel Proof Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Over the past eight decades, we’ve listened to consumers every step of the way, and they’ve made it clear that the history, people, and stories behind our products are tantamount to the liquid inside the bottle.