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Raise a Glass to Bottled-in-Bond


On March 3, 1897, whiskey-
making history was made.
The Bottled-in-Bond Act was
signed into law—making
the U.S. government the
guarantor of the whiskey's
authenticity—and one of our
favorite American Whiskey
traditions was born.

Celebrating Bottled-in-Bond

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A stamp of

A commitment to

A guarantee of

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At Heaven Hill Distillery, we’re proud
to offer more Bottled-in-Bond brands
and produce more Bottled-in-Bond
products than any other American
Whiskey distiller.

Bonded from the Beginning

In 1935, Heaven Hill put its first
whiskey into barrels. It was a gamble
at the time—to wait and allow the
whiskey to properly mature—but our
patience paid off. Four years later,
in 1939, we released the original
Old Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond
Bourbon and it quickly became
the number-one-selling Bourbon in the
state of Kentucky.

Our Bottled-in-Bond journey carries
through today with beloved brands
such as Rittenhouse Rye, Henry
McKenna Single Barrel, Old
Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond, Mellow
Corn and Evan Williams
Bottled-in-Bond. When you enjoy a
taste of one of these favorites, you
can be certain of a few things.


You’re Drinking the
Good Stuff

More than a century after
its inception, Bottled-in-Bond
remains the world’s highest quality
standard for spirits.


You Have a Seal
of Approval

Take a look at the label, and
you’ll know exactly what you’re
drinking—and that no shortcuts or
compromises were made.


You’re Tasting Tradition

Bottled-in-Bond is an important
part of whiskey-making history
and a tradition that we’re proud to
help preserve.

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Heaven Hill
Distillery is committed to
Bottled-in-Bond because
it’s family-owned. The
Shapira family recognizes
the need—and the
opportunity—to keep this
historic tradition alive.


Bernie Lubbers Heaven Hill Distillery National Brand Ambassador


To be labeled as Bottled-in-Bond,
a whiskey must meet these

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One Distillery, One Season

Be the product of one distillery and distilled during just one distillation season, which can run from January - June or July - December. This rule means the number of barrels we can pull from is limited. Being both independently owned and having large reserves of aging whiskey allows us to be selective when crafting our Bottled-in-Bond products.

100 Proof

Be bottled at exactly 100 proof. A higher proof can be the key to good cocktails because the spirit doesn’t dilute as quickly with shaking or stirring. For many bartenders, Bottled-in-Bond products are a secret weapon that stand up perfectly when mixed.

Aged 4 Years

Be aged at least four years in a federally bonded warehouse under U.S. government supervision. Today, with modernized inventory management and barrel tracking, on-premise guards are no longer needed, and all rickhouses are considered bonded.

Name the D.S.P.

Bear the name and number of the Distilled Spirits Plant (D.S.P.) where it was produced, and, if different, the D.S.P. number of the bottling facility. A Bottled-in-Bond spirit must come from one distillery, but that distillery may have multiple locations. D.S.P. KY-1 is our Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky, and our bottling plant in Bardstown is D.S.P. KY-31.

Our Bonded Lineup

In our Bottled-in-Bond portfolio, we’re proud to feature several historic brands, acquired and preserved over our 86+ year history, as well as new classics. And while each of these whiskeys must meet the same Bottled-in-Bond requirements, they cover a range of styles and ages.


The 100 proof version of the world's second largest selling Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.


Traditional Bourbon


4 Years Old

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Tasting Notes

Color: Bright gold

Aroma: Caramel with hints of vanilla, oak, and barley

Taste: Citrus on top of vanilla, and black pepper

Finish: Warm, long, dry


This Bourbon pays tribute to the earliest days of our history, when in 1939 we released Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond.


Traditional Bourbon


7 Years Old

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Tasting Notes

Color: Golden amber

Aroma: Warm notes of vanilla, honey, and a rich caramel sweetness

Taste: Smooth, warm and sweet with a subtle rye spice note; caramel and honey mingle with just enough oak and char to round out the richness

Finish: Long, lingering


One of the longest aged Bottled-in-Bond whiskeys available today, resting in the barrel through 40 Kentucky seasons.


Traditional Bourbon


10 Years Old

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Tasting Notes

Color: Warm golden amber

Aroma: Vanilla, caramel, oak, and a light herbaceous note

Taste: Smooth oak, sharp spices, honey, and sweetness

Finish: Long, sweet, and spicy


Each spring and fall, we release a new edition of this series featuring packaging inspired by the original 1950s diamond decanter.


Traditional Bourbon


Varies By Release

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17-Year-Old Tasting Notes

Color: Deep mahogany

Aroma: Aged oak with vanilla, walnuts, dried citrus and baking spices

Taste: Smooth and rich with caramel and butterscotch; dark chocolate and abundant spices, especially at the back of the tongue; Bright spearmint note at mid-palate

Finish: Warm and soft. Nutmeg and cloves


This whiskey is produced in accordance with two unique sets of rules—Bottled-in-Bond and Straight Corn Whiskey requirements.


Corn Whiskey


4 Years Old

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Tasting Notes

Color: Pale straw

Aroma: Oak and delicate spice

Taste: Full-bodied and textured, with a softly spiced sweetness

Finish: Sweet and chewy like a Barbadian Rum


This whisky has a storied past and a heritage rooted in Philadelphia’s famous Rittenhouse Square.


Rye Whisky


4 Years Old

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Tasting Notes

Color: Mahogany

Aroma: Dried fruits, toffee, and sweet peppers

Taste: Clean, rich, cocoa, citrus, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla

Finish: Lingering maple-like spiciness

Even More
Bonded Brands

As the leader in Bottled-in-Bond, we’ve offered a variety of regional releases, special editions and fan favorites over the years. Here are a few other
bonded offerings.


J.W. Dant

This Bourbon is named after Joseph Washington Dant, a Kentucky distiller who during the 1830s allegedly fashioned a still from a hollowed out tree trunk.

Style: Traditional Bourbon

Age: 4 Years


J.T.S. Brown

Named for John Thompson Street (J.T.S.) Brown, and once in danger of extinction, we’re proud to keep shelves stocked with this legacy brand.

Style: Traditional Bourbon

Age: 4 Years


T.W. Samuels

The Samuels family’s distilling legacy dates back to 1780. Today, we’re proud to carry on this historic brand.

Style: Traditional Bourbon

Age: 4 Years


William Heavenhill 3rd Edition

Fewer than 1,000 bottles of this Small Batch Bourbon have been created, making it an extremely limited and unique offering.

Style: Traditional Bourbon

Age: 11 Years


Parker's Heritage Collection 10th Edition

Released in 2016, the 10th Edition of the Parker’s Heritage Collection is the oldest Bottled-in-Bond in the world.

Style: Traditional Bourbon

Age: 24 Years

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A Brief History Lesson

In the early days of the American Whiskey industry, dishonest merchants would mix spirits with "rectifiers" like prune juice, water steeped with tobacco, or even kerosene. They also falsified claims about the spirits’ age and provenance, infuriating honest producers. As drinkers and distillers grew more and more tired of these problems, Col. Edmund H. Taylor, Jr. of O.F.C. Distillery had had enough. Working closely with Ezra Brooks and John G. Carlisle, the secretary of the treasury and fellow Kentucky native, Taylor helped draft what would become the first consumer protection legislation in U.S. history.

On March 3, 1897, the 54th United States Congress passed the Bottled-in-Bond Act. The act was meant to protect consumers from inferior (or even poisonous), rectified liquor. If a whiskey was Bottled-in-Bond, the government certified its quality and assured consumers that what they were drinking met exacting standards. This quality guarantee has stayed on the books, and today, Bottled-in-Bond remains a stamp of quality, consistency and transparency.

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For Heaven Hill Distillery, Bottled-in-Bond has always aligned with our commitment to quality, and as we were establishing ourselves, a stamp of quality was what whiskey consumers needed. When Prohibition ended in 1933, and lawful production of Bourbon distillation was reintroduced, Bottled-in-Bond remained the best way for us to communicate our standards of excellence, and we have proudly featured that seal of approval on many of our whiskeys ever since.

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Test Your

How well do you know Bottled-in-Bond? Take the quiz and put your
knowledge to the test.

01 A distillation season matches the calendar year, running from January through December.

02 Heaven Hill Distillery produces more Bottled-in-Bond products than any other American Whiskey distiller.

03 To be labeled as Bottled-in-Bond, the whiskey must be aged for exactly 4 years.


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