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Bourbon Valley 1974 24 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Lot: 5017391

Bourbon Valley 1974 24 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Winning Bid: £3,600
(Reserve has been met) This lot currently has: 26 bids

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Lot:
Distillery: 
Heaven Hill Bardstown
Age: 
24 Year Old
Vintage: 
1974
Region: 
Kentucky, USA
Bottler: 
official
Cask Type: 
Charred New American Oak Barrel
Bottled Strength: 
53.5%
Bottle Size: 
75cl
Distillery Status: 
Closed
product Details

Bourbon Valley 1974 24 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

A classic 1974 vintage bourbon from the old Heaven Hill distillery in Bardstown. It was bottled at 24 years old in 1999 and exported for the Japanese market, who preferred the flavour of older bourbon at the time, while the US mostly consumed younger whiskey.

Heaven Hill was established by a group of private investors in 1935, following the repeal of Prohibition a few years earlier. Among the founders was distiller, Joseph L. Beam, and a member of the Shapira family. As the company grew, the Shapira's eventually acquired sole ownership of it, and their descendants still run it today. In a similar dynastic vein, Joe Beam remained master distiller despite the Shapira takeover, and members of his family have occupied the role ever since. This was produced at the Old Heavenhill Springs distillery, later renamed simply as Heaven Hill, which was located in Bardstown, Kentucky. It was sadly lost in a devastating fire in 1996, and bourbon made there has become increasingly sought after as the years pass. The company had no distillery for the next three years, but were permitted to rent stills at Jim Beam and Brown-Forman in order to maintain production. They eventually acquired the newly refurbished Bernheim distillery from Diageo in 1999, which has been their home ever since.

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