Heaven Hill Brands, the nation’s largest, independent family-owned and operated distilled spirits supplier, was recognized over the weekend as Distiller of the Year in the Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky – Americas awards. Additionally, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience was recognized as Visitors Attraction of the Year and Heaven Hill Whiskey Ambassador Bernie Lubbers was named American Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the Year. The awards happen to coincide with the company’s 80 year anniversary.
Annually, Whisky Magazine celebrates the finest companies and individuals in the whisky industry with the annual Icons of Whisky awards, a highlight in the whisky calendar.
The judging includes online entries with finalists selected by the Whisky Magazine editorial panel. The awards are judged in three heats, America, Scotland and Rest of World.
“We are excited to receive these prestigious awards from Whisky Magazine,” said Max L. Shapira, Heaven Hill president. “As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, it is immensely gratifying to be recognized for the products which represent the heart and soul of our company. It is testimony to our commitment to quality and our team of distillers led by Denny Potter and Craig Beam.”
The Icons of Whisky – Americas awards were presented at The Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting & Gala during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, the signature event in the Bourbon Capital of the World during the festival.
The awards capped a momentous day for Heaven Hill. Earlier, the Heaven Hill Barrel Rolling Team swept each entry in the World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay.
Founded in 1935, Bardstown, KY-based Heaven Hill Brands (www.heavenhill.com) is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes Evan Williams Bourbon; Larceny, Elijah Craig and Henry McKenna Bourbons; Deep Eddy Vodka; Burnett’s Vodkas and Gin; Admiral Nelson’s and Blackheart Rums; Hpnotiq Liqueur; The Christian Brothers Brandies; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur; Lunazul Tequila; Cinerator Hot Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey and Rittenhouse Rye Whisky.