GSN Review: Heaven Hill 27-Year-Old Barrel Proof Whiskey

Heaven Hill Distillery recently announced the release of their 27-Year-Old Barrel Proof Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a bottling produced at Old Heaven Hill Springs Distillery before it was destroyed by fire in 1996. Only 41 barrels produced in 1989 and 1990 were included in this limited release. 

“As stewards of the Bourbon movement we take pride in the perseverance that is a hallmark of Heaven Hill’s 83-year history,” said President Max L. Shapira. “We remain committed to an enduring legacy of quality and patience, just as we have since 1935.”


Selected from limited remaining stocks of pre-fire barrels, this whiskey has been monitored and allowed to age for 27 years. All but five of the barrels in this small batch were aged on the first and second floors, where increased humidity and evaporation caused the proof to drop. When all 41 barrels were mingled for bottling, the natural barrel proof was an unusually low 94.7 proof (47.35% abv).

This ultra-premium Bourbon will be released in an elegant, tall 750ml bottle placed in a custom wooden box bearing two H’s on each side signifying the Heaven Hill name. The bottle is secured in the box with magnetic closure and sits in a blue satin-lined base. The distiller’s notes label features hand-written bottle numbers, distiller tasting notes, and DSP-KY-31, denoting the Old Heaven Hill Springs Distillery. The one-time release of Heaven Hill 27-Year-Old Barrel Proof Small Batch Bourbon, shipping late fall 2018, will be available in limited markets for a suggested retail price of $399.

Heaven Hill 27-Year-Old Barrel Proof Whiskey (94.7 proof)
Visual: Copper orange.
Nose: Deep oak notes with a fair amount of char. Rich saddle leather, roasted corn, along with some rye spice and fresh-baked cornbread.
Taste: Interestingly, the depth of flavor is much lighter than expected. An almost shy whiskey that has a feminine softness to it. No need to water this down, it is perfectly balanced at nearly 95 proof. As time wears on, more caramel and toffee notes emerge.
Finish: Medium long. The fade is measured and unanimous amongst the flavors. After several minutes, a slight cinnamon edge leaves the palate feeling fresh and ready for another snifter.
Overall: A special sipper for sure. You won’t find many whiskies nearly three decades in age in the first place, let alone ones that achieve this kind of balance. An outstanding spirit from Heaven Hill.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Heaven Hill