Heaven Hill Distillery has been distilling and patiently aging American Whiskey for more than eight decades. Now, it's time to share the stories behind those whiskeys and the people who make them on "Tales from the Hill." Must be 21+ to listen.
The Meaning of Craft
There’s been a debate among whiskey lovers for the last few years over what defines a “craft” whiskey. At Heaven Hill, expertise, attention to detail, and innovation steeped in tradition combine to create quality whiskies consistently from batch to batch…especially when you’re doing it at one of America’s largest Bourbon distilleries.
Lifting Spirits, Community Connections
Whiskey brings people together, and those connections matter when times get tough and a community faces a crisis. As Kentucky and the world dealt with the impending realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, Heaven Hill lent its Bardstown bottling lines, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, and other facilities to aid in the making and distributing of hand sanitizers. Those efforts are part of Heaven Hill’s tradition and commitment to being a good community neighbor and help Kentucky grow — both economically and in equality.
Had it not been for Heaven Hill’s desire to preserve the heritage of American Whiskey, many of America’s historic Bourbon and whiskey brands would have faded into history years ago. The legendary Old Fitzgerald is just one of the brands given new life under Heaven Hill’s stewardship, with “Old Fitz” serving as the inspiration for the modern legacy Bourbon.
Life in the Rickhouse
Eight men and women. 66 barrels full of “new make” spirit are rolled into the rickhouse in a ballet of steel-toed boots and work gloves. Before day's end, the same amount of mature Bourbon barrels will be rolled out of the warehouse and loaded up to be readied for bottling. Heaven Hill’s warehouse teams don’t just roll barrels for work - they also do it for bragging rights each year at the World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.
The Handshake Barrel
In 1986, Max Shapira and Leroy McGinnis shook hands and made a deal for Bourbon barrels. Today, McGinnis Wood Products still makes barrels for Heaven Hill, and that handshake still binds the partnership. In this episode, we’ll take a closer look at what goes into making a Bourbon barrel, and why responsibly-sourced, carefully-selected American White Oak trees make excellent Bourbon barrels.
Grain to Glass: Born to Be Bourbon
Terroir... the element of Bourbon that reflects the environment where it is crafted. For Heaven Hill, this is where tradition meets innovation. The Grain to Glass project begins with a collaborative approach among three historic family businesses, who set out to create, farm, and distill unique mashbills that are maturing into Bourbons unlike any other.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Really enjoyed listening to seasons 1 and 2! Learning about whiskey history is very interesting for me. Great to hear about all the people that have been involved over the years. Thank you.
I had an excellent time listening to season one and season two. Anyone who likes bourbon and anyone who knows nothing about bourbon will find this series very enjoyable. A well done podcast. Cheers!
Glad Season 2 is up!
I really enjoyed season 1 of this podcast and so glad season 2 is here! I love learning about the back story of how bourbon (and rye) is made and all that goes into it - It just makes drinking it all that much better. And having visited Heaven Hill a couple of years ago I really appreciate their history. Mark Gillespie does a fantastic job of being the host and he should after 15 years of doing Whiskycast podcast and knowing many of these folks in and around the bourbon industry. Cheers and two glasses up!