Heaven Hill Whiskey
Heaven Hill Whiskey
The Story of Heaven Hill
Shortly after Prohibition ended in the United States, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., was founded in Bardstown, Kentucky by the Shapira family to produce and market Bourbon and premium American whiskeys. At the time, it was as speculative a new business venture as the dot com start-ups of the 1990's -- a company founded with no brands, no available stocks of whiskey, and at the height of the Great Depression. Today, the company is the largest independent, family-owned and operated producer and marketer of distilled spirits in the country. According to industry analysts, Heaven Hill is now the seventh largest spirits supplier in the United States and second largest holder of aging Bourbon whiskey in the world with an inventory in excess of 900,000 barrels.
Over the last two decades Heaven Hill has moved beyond its traditional focus on American whiskeys to become a broadly diversified spirits supplier. Heaven Hill's portfolio includes both domestically produced products, such as Evan Williams Bourbon and Christian Brothers Brandy, as well as a growing line of selected imported brands from around the world, such as HPNOTIQ Liqueur and O'Mara's Irish Country Cream.
The company's success is based on the fact that it is large enough to market brands aggressively in the United States and throughout the world, yet small enough to care about every brand and be responsive to the needs of every customer. Heaven Hill's formula for growth begins with the commitment to support its current portfolio of brands, while continuing to diversify by adding new products through internal development, agency relationships and acquisitions. Throughout its product line, Heaven Hill offers a competitive advantage by emphasizing innovative characteristics like extra aging, superior quality, packaging and uncompromised craftsmanship. Whether it is a Bourbon from Kentucky's First Distiller, such as Evan Williams, or a Gin first produced by the Lord Mayor of London, such as Burnett's, Heaven Hill products enjoy heritage, history and an unsurpassed reputation.
In stark contrast to the unpredictable and ever-consolidating spirits industry, Heaven Hill remains fiercely independent, guided by the steady hands of the Shapira family. The company is dedicated to establishing long-term relationships with their customers in order to build strong brands and implement consistent, effective programming. Independence, quality and integrity define Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., a company committed to producing and marketing the highest quality spirits products worldwide.Parker's Heritage collection is a series of rare, limited edition American Whiskeys offered as a tribute to sixth-generation Master Distiller Parker Beam for his 45+ years of distilling experience.
This series tempts the growing number of Straight American Whiskey enthusiasts with something that only Heaven Hill could offer—a chance to sample these choice barrels that represent every major style of American Whiskey. As the only remaining national distiller that produces Bourbon, Rye, Corn and Wheat Whiskeys, Heaven Hill will continue to release various super-premium styles under Parker's Heritage Collection.
Parker has been practicing his family craft of distilling, aging and selecting some of the world's most critically acclaimed Bourbons and American Whiskeys since he began working alongside his father at Heaven Hill Distilleries in 1950.
The first edition launched in 2007 - hand-selected by Parker himself from Heaven Hill's selection of over 700,000 barrels - aged in oak barrels since 1996 and was drawn from the barrels at cask strength proof. The edition is completely sold out.
The barrels for the second edition were entered into oak in 1981 - an astounding age for American Whiskeys. The whiskey was selected from the lower floors of one of Parker's favorite Rickhouses. There, the more constant temperatures tamed the aging process, yielding a rich, 27-year-old Bourbon that defies its age.
The third edition will honor Parker's Golden Anniversary. Parker hand-selected barrels of Bourbon from each decade of his illustrious career and married them together. The undeniable smooth taste of this small batch Bourbon is a true representation of its namesake and while this brand, Parker's Heritage Collection, is a tribute to him, this specific edition celebrates his 50 years of Bourbon making.