Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Tuesday Tasting: Parker's Heritage Collection Bourbon
Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we head to Kentucky to try a new limited release Bourbon.
Heaven Hill Distilleries makes some of the most interesting whiskeys on the market, with the likes of Elijah Craig Bourbon, Rittenhouse Rye and Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey coming from the company. That's why when the sample of Parker's Heritage Collection cask-strength Bourbon arrived at Lyke2Drink it was greeted with much anticipation.
This is the first edition of Parker's Heritage Collection, which pays tribute to 6th generation Master Distiller Parker Beam. The whiskey is the first in a series and Parker Beam persoanally picked the Bourbon from Heaven Hill's 49 rickhouses. A total of just 68 barrels were selected for the first edition. The 6,400 bottles will reach retail during September and October and have an $80 price tag.
This is the first barrel strength Bourbon from Heaven Hill and the sample I had was an impressive 122.6 proof. The whiskey had a huge amount of vanilla in the nose, which did not show itself much in the flavor profile. Instead, a rich and heavily wooded tone took over. The Bourbon had a long, smooth finish with very slight hints of nut. This is a Bourbon fan's delight.