When a legendary Master Distiller like Parker Beam is commemorated yearly with a special release, it’s probably safe to assume the whiskey will taste great…and come with a hearty price tag. This 14th edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection comes at us with a retail price of $120. Let’s take a look into this release and have a pour.
Where Heaven Hill traditionally uses a Char 3 on their barrels, the 14th PHC release was aged in Char 5 barrels for 10 years. That is some serious barrel char, and a pretty significant age-statement as well.
The Parker’s Heritage Collection is a series of rare, limited-edition American Whiskeys offered as a tribute to sixth-generation Master Distiller Parker Beam for his 50+ years of distilling experience. Throughout those years, Parker was involved in developing Heaven Hill’s premium Small Batch and Single Barrel Bourbons, as well as much of the whiskey that now bears his name in the Parker’s Heritage Collection.
Heaven Hill Distillery
This release is another in Heaven Hill’s experiment in aging their whiskey in barrels charred well beyond their traditional level three. The thought process behind this is basically compounding the principle of charring oak barrels to release more natural wood sugars and other flavor compounds to interact with the aging whiskey.
So to recap: this is a ten year bourbon that has rested in heavily charred barrels, it was not chill-filtered, and is landing in the glass at 120 proof. Let’s have a taste!