Friday, August 04, 2023


Heaven Hill Distillery, the world’s second largest holder of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, has announced that it has filled its 10 millionth barrel of bourbon.

The news comes just over a year from the date Heaven Hill broke ground on the Heaven Hill Springs Distillery, marking the company’s return to distilling in Bardstown where it has its roots.

Heaven Hill fills its 10 millionth barrel of bourbon

Executive Chairman Max Shapira’s father and his four uncles, along with a group of Bardstown-area investors, founded “Old Heaven Hill Springs” distillery in 1935, and filled its first barrel on December 13th of that year. As the company grew over the years, it added several acclaimed brands, including Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Larceny, Henry McKenna and more.

Heaven Hill’s 10 millionth barrel of bourbon will be put up to age in its historic Rickhouse Y, where it will be displayed amongst its other milestone barrels.

Commenting on the news, Allan Latts, Heaven Hill Co-President, said: “This is a momentous occasion for Heaven Hill and is a testament to nearly nine decades of distilling excellence. This milestone underscores the unwavering commitment of our employees and shows how beloved our brands are in the hearts of our consumers.”

Heaven Hill’s new state-of-the-art distillery is expected to be operational by the end of 2024. Initial production capacity is slated for 150,000 barrels per year, and over time will have the potential to ramp up to 450,000 barrels annually.

Posted by Steve Rush