You probably haven’t heard of Virgin bourbon before. I hadn’t heard of it until I stumbled on it at my ABC store and saw that it was a 7-year-old and 101 proof bourbon, for $15 nonetheless. Given how things are with bourbon (i.e., it keeps getting younger and more expensive), that seems like an absurd steal. But why had I never heard of Virgin bourbon or Meadowlawn distilling before? Well, it’s in part because it’s only distributed in the South, and even though it says that it’s “bottled in Kentucky by Meadowlawn Distilling Co”, Virgin 7 Year is sourced from Heaven Hill, of Evan Williams and Elijah Craig fame.
This all sounds too good be true though right? Well, the bad news is that as of mid-2019, Virgin 7 Year bourbon lost its 7 year age statement, likely because of Heaven Hill introducing the 7 Year Bottled in Bond. Heaven Hill must be using some of that older stock for the bottled in bond, and they also may not want to keep supplying a competitor with enough 7+ year old whiskey that would directly compete with them at a third of the price. Does Heaven Hill have anything to worry about over this “unknown” bourbon? Let’s find out in this Virgin Bourbon 7 Year review.