Heaven Hill

Bernheim Original

Posted 05 July 2017

I've read that wheat whiskey, whilst something of an oddity nowadays, was originally the dominant grain used in the US and that distilling (oft-times illicit) in New York favoured both wheat and rye a long time before corn even came on the scene. Bernheim is a seven year old whiskey made from 'soft winter wheat'. Unlike 'wheater' bottlings (such as Larceny, Pappy Van Winkle Weller etc), Bernheim doesn't use its wheat as a simple flavour addition as one might do so with rye - instead, this bottling is 51% wheat to begin with. 


Evan Williams Extra Aged

Posted 05 July 2017

Evan Williams 'Extra Aged' goes by the name 'Black Label' in the US. It's distilled at Heaven Hill in Bardstown Kentucky and is a minimum of two years of age given that it's a 'straight' bourbon whiskey - one hopes a wee bit more given the 'extra aged' moniker. The brand was founded in the mid 1900's though the labelling would have you believe that settler Evan Williams founded it in 1783 and that its been in existence the whole time. Ah, marketing.


John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Posted 05 July 2017

Larceny is not the first of Heaven Hill's whiskey's to band about the Fitzgerald name. Old Fitzgerald was originally produced in 1870 by John E. Fitzgerald in Frankfort, Kentucky. Passing into ownership by Pappy van Winkle and production at the famous Stitzel-Weller Distillery, the brand was sold (along with Bernheim) to Heaven Hill in 1999. 


Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof

Posted 05 July 2017

Rittenhouse Square Straight Rye Whiskey was launched in 1934 as a two-year old rye whiskey by the Continental Distilling Corporation of Philadelphia. As the twenty-first amendment to the United States Constitution (the amendment which repealed prohibition) was passed in December of 1933, the illicit origins of this bottling are plain to see. Fast forward to 2017 and Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 proof still wears its history proudly.