Heaven Hill Distillery recently announced the 2017 limited edition release of Parker’s Heritage Collection – an 11-year-old, Single Barrel Bourbon bottled at 122 proof (61% abv) and non-chill filtered. The 2017 edition showcases what Master Distiller Parker Beam felt was one of his greatest achievements throughout his more than 50 years of distilling experience – the introduction of Heaven Hill’s single barrel Bourbons. Aged in Parker’s favorite rickhouse location, Deatsville, the sixth-generation Master Distiller would have described these bottles as “just good Bourbon.”
The annual release of Parker’s signature line is one of the most highly anticipated bottlings for whiskey and Bourbon lovers worldwide, as the collection produces an innovative, coveted product each year and now serves as a remembrance of the collection’s namesake. Parker’s Heritage Collection was originally conceived to showcase the extraordinary quality and broad range of Heaven Hill’s American Whiskey holdings, as Heaven Hill boasts the world’s second largest inventory of aging American Whiskey.
The late Heaven Hill Distillery Master Distiller Emeritus Parker Beam, for whom the acclaimed series is named, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2010. The past four editions from 2013-2016, including the “Promise of Hope” Bourbon, the “Original Batch” Straight Wheat Whiskey, the Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey, and the 24-Year-Old Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon respectively, have raised over half a million dollars toward ALS research and patient care through contributions made by Heaven Hill for each bottle purchased. Heaven Hill will continue with this cause-related campaign, and will contribute $10 from each bottle sold of this year’s release to the ALS Association. With every past edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection quickly selling out, the company expects to continue to generate significant dollars for this effort in Parker’s memory.
Parker’s Heritage Collection 11-Year-Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (122 proof)
Visual: Dark copper.
Nose: Intensely laden with high, shining notes of sweet corn and charred oak stave. A real olfactory powerhouse in the glass. Everything seems tightly bundled together in a “sum is greater than the parts” thesis.
Taste: Sweet, yet fiery, but in a hearty and tangible way. A firm melding of grain bill, depth of char, length of resting in the barrel and final proof at bottling. There is a lovely sherry patina that adds an elegance to the affair.
Finish: Medium long, with cheery sweet and savory notes strolling hand-in-hand.
Overall: A bourbon that deserves to be on your shelf for special occasions. Buy a bottle (or two) before they are gone!
GSN Rating: A+
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