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The 18th Annual Edition of the Award-Winning Vintage-Dated Bourbon Now Available

Evan Williams BourbonLOUISVILLE, Ky. – The newest vintage of Evan Williams Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the 2003 edition, is now available on retail shelves and at fine bars and restaurants nationwide.

Heaven Hill, the nation’s largest family-owned and operated independent spirits producer and the world’s second-largest holder of aging Bourbon, offered a sneak peak of the 18th vintage in the landmark series to spirits writers and critics nationwide, and the acclaim is resounding. Cigar Aficionado praised the “…long, sweet finish” while Whisky Advocate, in awarding it both “Value Pick” and “Editor’s Choice”, stated that the 2003 vintage is “…proof that a bourbon doesn’t have to be old, high in alcohol, or expensive to be good.”

The world-renowned Single Barrel Bourbon from 6th and 7th generation father and son Master Distillers Parker and Craig Beam has garnered many prestigious awards since it was introduced in 1994. These include “Spirit of the Year – American Whiskey” from Food & Wine Magazine; “Domestic Whiskey of the Year” from Whisky Advocate; and “Whiskey of the Year” from The Spirit Journal, the first Bourbon upon which the publication has bestowed this prestigious title.

“Even though the mashbill—the grain recipe—is the same from year to year, we try to achieve a particular flavor profile with each vintage,” noted Parker Beam. “As this is our 18th vintage in the Evan Williams Single Barrel series, we feel like we have got the process of determining the taste profile and finding barrels that meet that profile pretty much perfected. This vintage is maybe a bit softer, with barrels drawn mostly from the middle floors of three of our best ventilated rickhouses.”

As with the previous 17 vintages, which are now highly sought after collector’s items, each bottle of the 2003 edition of Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon is marked with the exact date that it was placed in oak and bottled, in addition to the exact serial number of the single barrel from which it was drawn.

The 86.6 proof Bourbon is matured in natural open-rick warehouses under the careful supervision of Heaven Hill’s father and son Master Distillers, who monitor the progress of each year’s vintage to ensure it maintains its intended flavor profile and superb quality. The 2003 Vintage is available nationally at an average retail price of $25.99 for a 750 ml bottle, making it a multiple “Best Buy” award winner as well.

Founded in 1934, Bardstown, KY-based Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. ( 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; Burnett’s Vodkas and Gin; HPNOTIQ and HPNOTIQ Harmonie Liqueurs; Admiral Nelson’s and Blackheart Rums; The Christian Brothers Brandies; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Lunazul Tequila and Rittenhouse Rye Whisky.

Heaven Hill reminds you to “Think Wisely. Drink Wisely.”


Larry Kass
Director of Corporate Communications
Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.
(502) 413-0220