Until just over a year ago, Heaven Hill had the hands-down best price performer in all of Bourbon—a six-year age stated Bottled in Bond for only $11.99. In previous posts I had called it the standard-bearer for all of the new “craft” whiskies; if one of those new $50.00 whiskies couldn’t be better than Heaven Hill 6-year Bottled in Bond, then why bother?
But it was such a limited release and there really wasn’t any way that it could be profitable for Heaven Hill. We Kentuckians loved having it and outsiders loved finding it when they visited, but I think that everyone knew that it couldn’t possibly survive the bourbon boom.
After being rumored a few times, the news finally became official—Heaven Hill discontinued its namesake 6-year Bottled in Bond. Some stores immediately raised the price, all local stores limited the number of bottles that could be purchased, and the secondary market price reached $40-50 per bottle and higher.
Then last June came the announcement that many of us figured was destined to follow—the release of a new 7-year Bottled in Bond in a beautifully-labeled bottle with a real cork closure and a suggested retail price of $39.99.
Heaven Hill was already the leading distillery with the most Bottled in Bond brands. It’s a nod to history, quality, and heritage, and I’m thankful that Heaven Hill embraces the tradition of Bottled in Bond. This new 7-year brand also brings with it a style that among Heaven Hill’s other Bottled in Bond brands is only outdone by the gorgeous Old Fitzgerald decanter series. I was excited to receive a bottle because it has limited distribution which does not include Kentucky, and I wanted to compare it to the former 6-year brand.
Heaven Hill 7-year Bottled in Bond Tasting Notes
Bourbon: Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Distillery: Heaven Hill
Age: 7 years
ABV: 50% (100 proof)
Beautiful oak with traditional caramel and vanilla, layer of mint, and leather.
Caramel and vanilla, of course, and more rich sweetness like toffee, balanced with cinnamon, oak, and that leather-tobacco flavor that I usually find only on older bourbon. The balance is tremendous.
Medium in length, again with great balance. This is an absolute classic bourbon.
Let the people gripe about losing a value; Heaven Hill 7-year Bottled in Bond is delicious and worth every penny of its price. It’s still a value and a must-try.
Currently you’ll only be able to find Heaven Hill 7-year in California, Texas, New York, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, South Carolina, and Colorado, but hopefully Kentucky is not too far behind.
Disclaimer: The brand managers kindly
sent me a bottle for this review, without any
strings attached. Thank you.