Heaven Hill to add 2 warehouses; Canadian Mist to expand line

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday a $4.2 million expansion of Heaven Hill Distilleries warehouses in Bardstown.

Heaven Hill will build two barrel-storage warehouses, or rickhouses, to meet increased demand, Beshear said.

Heaven Hill, the largest independent family-owned maker of distilled spirits, produces Evan Williams and Elijah Craig bourbon and Christian Brothers brandy, among other things.

The new warehouses, expected to be completed in January, will expand the aging capacity by 45,936 barrels, giving Heaven Hill a storage capacity of nearly 1 million barrels.

In July, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved $88,000 in tax incentives.

In other bourbon news, Louisville-based Brown-Forman announced Thursday a premium line extension. Canadian Mist Black Diamond will hit shelves in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan and Texas this month, at a suggested retail price of $14.99 for a 750-milliliter bottle.

According to Brown-Forman, the "richer, more robust" whiskey, the creation of Canadian Mist master blender Steve Hughes, is 86 proof and has a higher sherry and rye content.