Heaven Hill 6 Year Bourbon

86 Absurd Value

Look, if you can find another bourbon at this price point that is just as good, you've found a steal. I don't think it's even possible to find one better under $10. This stacks up against far more expensive bottles and more than holds its own.

    If you’ve followed our page over the years, you know two things:

    1. I like Heaven Hill Bourbon
    2. I drink a lot of Heaven Hill Bourbon.

    The reason for that is simple: Heaven Hill produces a lot of really tasty whiskey at really affordable prices. And while the 6 Year Bottled-in-Bond has been a go-to of mine for quite some time, it recently hit me that I’ve never reviewed the standard green label Heaven Hill 6 Year Bourbon. Well here goes…this will be a quick review.

    What exactly is it? It’s the namesake bourbon of Heaven Hill, makers of Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, Larceny, and more. It uses their standard mash bill of about 78% corn, 10% rye, and 12% malted Barley. It’s barreled at 125 proof in #3 charred white oak barrels from Independent Stave. And it’s six years old, bottled at 90 proof. That means that other than being 90 proof, it’s pretty much the same whiskey as the 100 proof 6 year bottled in bond.

    It may not be as widely distributed as some of the better-known Heaven Hill variants, but that’s a shame.  Oh yeah, it’s about $9 a bottle.

    Heaven Hill 6 Year Bourbon Stats
    • ABV:45% (Proof: 90º)
    • Mash Bill: 78% Corn, 10% Rye, 12% malted barley
    • Style: Straight Bourbon
    • Distilled at: Heaven Hill
    • Age: 6 Years (stated)
    • Price: $9
    • Availability: Limited distribution, readily available where distributed

    Appearance

    It’s dark. It’s remarkably dark for a 6 year old 90 proof whiskey, as a matter of fact. Not too far off the bonded version.

    Nose

    Lots of oak, caramel, and muted vanilla on the first pass, with some spice and bread notes after sitting.

    Palate

    Much like its big brother, the 90 proofer is loaded up with standard Heaven Hill flavors you normally find in much more expensive bottlings. There is a lot of corn, sweet vanilla and caramel, some brown sugar, and plenty of oak tannins.

    Synopsis

    It’s as solid a sipping bourbon as anything you’ll find under $30.  It’s standard Heaven Hill flavors at a budget friendly price.  If this was priced at about $40, I’d find some reasons to pick it apart a bit, but at $9, you can’t beat it. I dare you to try.

    ModernThirst.com Score: 86/100 points.

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    About Author

    Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. Since college, he has dabbled in beer, bourbon, wine tasting, beer making, and currently works in finance. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.

    1 Comment

    1. Shannon Wilbert on

      Seriously? I try to log on to the Heaven Hill website and I got a kickback like 600 months to get to 1965 just put my birthday in. And obviously I can’t log on unless I put my birthday in. Y’all need to fix this!

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