Heaven Hill Distillery launches the Square 6 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the first bottled Bourbon produced at its artisanal distillery located in the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience at 528 W. Main Street in Louisville, Ky.
They tell BourbonBlog.com that Square 6 is a high rye Bourbon whiskey and named after the original plot of land where Evan Williams built Kentucky’s first commercial distillery in 1783, sharing the same block on Louisville’s Whiskey Row where the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience first opened in 2013.
This initial launch from the one barrel per day, hand-crafted, copper pot still facility.
The limited release of Square 6 High Rye Bourbon will be available in small quantities at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and available at select Kentucky retailers for $89.99. Square 6 High Rye Bourbon was aged for five years before being bottled at 95 proof.
Heaven Hill says this is the first of many craft products to come from the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience.
As a High Rye Bourbon, the Square 6 mashbill consists of 52 percent corn, 35 percent rye, and 13 percent malted barley, a new Bourbon recipe under the Heaven Hill Distillery portfolio. Artisanal Distiller Jodie Filiatreau distills one barrel of American Whiskey per day at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience.
Since the building of the craft distillery, Heaven Hill says they have been waiting as the barrels age to maturation. During this aging process, a team of master tasters samples each recipe at various stages until that specific mashbill has been deemed to have achieved a taste profile worthy of bottling. Square 6 High Rye Bourbon is the first result of this process and the first bottling from the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience stills.
“Today marks another milestone in the educational, interactive experiences offered at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience as we can now experience the aroma and taste of this truly hand-crafted process from the grain to the glass,” Max L. Shapira, Heaven Hill Distillery President. tells BourbonBlog.com
“From the first day Artisanal Distiller, Emeritus Charlie Downs turned on the stills nearly five years ago to Artisanal Distiller Jodie Filiatreau patiently waiting years for this product to come of age in the barrel, today we celebrate Heaven Hill’s commitment to quality and attention to detail.”
To celebrate the occasion, a commemorative barrel was rolled down Louisville’s Main Street by Heaven Hill Distillery President Max Shapira, Artisanal Distiller Jodie Filiatreau, Artisanal Distiller Emeritus Charlie Downs, Louisville Tourism President & CEO Karen Williams, and Louisville Tourism Chief Operating Officer Cleo Battle