Old Heaven Hill 21 Year Old Ultra Premium 1990s
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.
This is one of several high-end offerings produced by Heaven Hill for Japan in the 1990s. The cognac-style bottles and dripping wax presentation was particularly popular there, pioneered by Gordon Hue and Julian Van Winkle III. The Heaven Hill Ultra Premium likely dates from the early 1990s, prior to the cease and desist letters regarding the dripping red wax being issued by Maker's Mark.
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