If you missed the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits competition, then here’s a spoiler: Heaven Hill Distillery’s Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bourbon walked away with Best in Show Whiskey out of a field of over 3,000 entrants. The whiskey also won Best Single Barrel Bourbon and Best Bourbon, making it two years running that Heaven Hill has won those distinctions.
Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira said, “Quality and consistency are two values that have persisted across Heaven Hill since our company began distilling American Whiskey in 1935.” Shapira continued, “While we certainly enjoy the recognition of our passion, it is the commitment of our people who bring these products to life that gives us the most satisfaction.”
Fred Minnick, editor-in-chief of Bourbon+ Magazine and best selling author, described the Henry McKenna Ten Years as being “delicate” and “complex.” Given the incredible amount of attention it takes to deal with the barrel to barrel nuances when talking about single barrel whiskies, it’s quite the achievement for Heaven Hill to win—especially when you consider that the distillery maintains over 1.5 million barrels in 57 warehouses located throughout Kentucky.
Heaven Hill took home even more accolades, including several Double Golds as well as Golds.