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Rittenhouse 100 Proof

Very popular with rye aficionados, this must be tried by American whiskey enthusiasts. This complex, potent spirit is perfect for a rye Manhattan, and amazingly won 'World's Best American Whiskey' at the World Whisky Awards 2010, beating off competition from George T. Stagg.

NOSE: Dried fruits and soft spices. Cocoa and butterscotch, alongside orange peel, cinnamon and caramel.

PALATE: Thick, fruity palate with chocolate oranges, cassia bark, nutmeg and oak.

FINISH: Tangy fruit and quite coppery. Marmalade and spice.



Heaven Hill was founded shortly after the repeal of Prohibition in 1935 by several investors, including a prominent distiller, Joseph L. Beam, and a member of the Shapira family. As the company developed, the five brothers of the Shapira family bought out the other investors. Joe Beam remained as Master Distiller, along with his youngest son, Harry.

Descendants of the Shapira brothers own and run the company to this day.

The original name was "Old Heavenhill Springs" distillery. The company was founded as a bourbon distillery, and for most of its existence has concentrated on its flagship bourbon labels, Evan Williams and Elijah Craig. However, in the past two decades the company has expanded its portfolio significantly, acquiring brands or obtaining import rights for gins, malt whiskey, vodkas, and other drinks.

On November 7, 1996, Heaven Hill's production plant was almost completely destroyed by fire. Several of the company's warehouses were destroyed, and over 90,000 gallons of alcohol lost. The company survived the next several years through the provision of production capacity by its fellow local bourbon labels, Brown-Forman and Jim Beam, until its purchase and adaptation of the new Heaven Hill Bernheim distillery in Louisville, while fermenting, mashing, and distilling occurs at the new distillery, aging, bottling, and shipping still occur in Bardstown.

Heaven Hill's location in the historical home of bourbon-making, coupled with its status as the only such company still under local ownership, has led it to take a role in curating and advertising bourbon tradition. In 2004, the Bourbon Heritage Centre was opened on distillery grounds, featuring historical exhibits and guided tours of the plant. The company also hosts the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival, and many of the company's own labels are named after famous local distillers.


Rittenhouse is a production by Heaven Hill Distilleries made to honour the tradition of Pennsylvania (or "Monongahela") rye whiskeys. Rye whiskeys were previously a giant of the industry that were devastated by the legislative and practical implications of Prohibition. Unlike other venerated forms of whiskey known throughout the United States, Pennsylvania rye whiskeys faded disappointingly away from the spotlight.

That was until recently, when Pennsylvania rye whiskeys began to undergo an impressive revival. Heaven Hill’s Rittenhouse have been a significant contributor to this success, and its interpretations of this classic strand of whiskey has been received exceptionally well. With a recognition of the reputation Pennsylvanian rye attained for being bigger, spicier and chewier than other, softer ryes historically made elsewhere, the brand is famous among mixologists for its robust style and enjoys a renaissance as cocktails regain popularity.

Philadelphia’s famous Rittenhouse Square inspires a name that demonstrates that Heaven Hill’s Rittenhouse is all about honouring the storied past of Pennsylvania rye whiskey and bringing it dutifully to modern palates. The modern whiskey consumer (that’s you!) has an insatiable appetite to re-discover classic whiskey styles and Rittenhouse is distilled to appease that very appetite.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Name Rittenhouse 100 Proof
Country USA
Region Kentucky
ABV% 50%
Size 700ml
Dietary Information No

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