Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon Review

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The Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon replaced their 6yr old Bottled-In-Bond, which had been one of my favorite value bourbons. The 7 year Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon was first launched in October 2019, with a limited distribution that mysteriously did not include Kentucky. The suggested retail price was $39.99, substantially higher than the 6yr that it replaced. The squared edges of the 6yr's bottle were replaced with rounded ones, the label became more refined, and the plastic screw top was replaced with a real cork and wooden cap.

Heaven Hill
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bottled-In-Bond
7 years old
DSP-KY-1
DSP-KY-31
Review
MSRP: ~$49.99

Please enjoy my Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon Review! (Updated June 2024)

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Out with the 6 Year. In with the 7 Year.

A number of years ago, Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon replaced their 6yr old Bottled-In-Bond, which had been one of my favorite value bourbons. The 7 year Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon was first launched in October 2019, with a limited distribution that mysteriously did not include Kentucky. The suggested retail price was $39.99, substantially higher than that of the 6yr that it replaced. The squared edges of the 6yr’s bottle were replaced with rounded ones, the label became more refined, and the plastic screw top was replaced with a real cork and wooden cap.

Over the years, the MSRP has increased to $49.99, but distribution and availability has increased as well. In addition, Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond Bourbon is now sold in Kentucky.

By now, the 6 Year version is, at this point, a distant memory, so this comparison really is just for historical purposes. Anyway, what else is different between the 6 year and 7 Year Bottled In Bond Bourbons? Well, the mash bill is the same for both, similar to most of Heaven Hill’s bourbons: 78% corn, 10% rye and 12% malted barley. It could be aged in different rickhouses and/or on different floors, but that information is not provided. So is it any better than the less expensive 6yr? Let’s find out!

Tasting Notes – Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon
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Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Dark cherries, caramel, vanilla, powdered sugar, light mild chocolate; cedar and dry oak; moderate alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Fairly sweet with cherries, caramel and oak; rapidly developing tannins and white pepper spice
👉🏻Finish: Lingering sweetness and cherries, but also tannins with growing but never overpowering white pepper spice; spice and dry oak continue for a while, with a touch of char later on; fairly long finish with a moderate burn

Heaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond has classic bourbon flavors. They are fairly fruit forward and rich from the start, becoming dryer and spicier in the long finish. It’s another very enjoyable bourbon, well suited to bourbon drinkers looking for classic bourbon flavors.

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What’s the verdict on Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon?

The 7yr has richer, fuller flavors, than the 6 year version, from the nose to the finish. While both of these bourbons are very good, the extra year of aging and upscale bottling really seem to have a positive effect on the bourbon’s flavor. Unlike its extinct cousin, Heaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond 7 Year Bourbon does not proclaim itself to be charcoal filtered. That may be having some effect on the fuller flavor as well.

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Summary

When Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond 7 Year Bourbon was first released, I wanted to dislike it, since it was originally not sold in Kentucky. However, it turns out that I like it. I like it quite a bit, especially now, as its price has stabilized and it has become more available. Whisky Advocate named this bourbon #4 in its list of the top 20 whiskies of 2019, so they seemed to think it was pretty good, too. What about you? Have you tried it? Cheers!🥃


But wait! There’s more!

I hope you enjoyed my Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon Review! Want to learn some more? Read about the classic bourbon which preceded this one in our Heaven Hill 6 Year Bottled-In-Bond Review! Or, read about another Bottled In Bond Bourbon from Heaven Hill in our Old Fitzgerald Bottled In Bond 10 Year Spring 2024 Review!

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Note: The original version of this review appeared in 2022 and was updated in 2024. Some of the samples used for my reviews were graciously provided by the distillery.

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