Heaven Hill releases new bourbon, rye

Heaven Hill Distilleries has released two new whiskies for national sales.

One is the 23-year-old version of its Rittenhouse Very Rare Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey, which follows last fall's release of a 21-year-old.

The other is the 13th annual edition of its Evan Williams Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Heaven Hill is the largest remaining family-owned, independent spirits producer in the U.S. and the No. 2 worldwide holder of aging bourbon. It is located in Bardstown, KY.

As with the previous 12 vintages, each bottle of the special Evan Williams bourbon is marked with the exact date it was placed in oak and bottled, in addition to the exact serial number of the single barrel from which it was drawn.

The 86.6 proof spirit is matured under the supervision of the father-son team of Parker and Craig Beam. It goes for a suggested retail price of $24.99 for a 750ml.

The new Rittenhouse rye release was aged on the lower floors of the distillery's choice "OO" rickhouse, where the temperature extremes are not as variable as other spots. The aforementioned release of the very-limited 32-barrel release of the 21-year-old rye has been depleted. The 23, with a suggested retail price of $170 for a a set of three 750ml bottles, is being made available in major metropolitan areas. Only 25 barrels are being made available.

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