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Bourbon Season: Parker’s Heritage Collection 8th Edition

The wait is finally over, Parker’s Heritage Collection Edition 8 is now available for purchase. The much anticipated 2014 edition is part of a series of rare, limited edition American Whiskies that pay homage to the sixth-generation Master Distiller, Parker Beam. Beam has dedicated the last 50 years of his live to producing outstanding whiskey for Heaven Hills Distilleries to share with the world.

With his most recent diagnosis of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, Beam has used his recent misfortune to help raise money for the cause. For every purchase of Parker’s Heritage, Heaven Hill Distilleries will donated $5 to the ALS Promise Find. Beam and his family hope that this contribution will help raise awareness and ultimately find a cure for the crippling disease.

The 8th edition is a no frills bourbon that could be enjoyed every day, and never grow tiresome. It’s a 13 year old cask strength whiskey. Beam has also turned to a wheat whiskey for this year’s release. The batch is pulled from a year 2000 barrel the top floor of Rickhouse Y at Heaven Hill. In the glass, the whiskey takes on a deep amber color, which is unusual for bourbon. The aging and lack of chill filtration. Below you will find scent, taste and finish details.

The Nose

The aroma has hints of caramel, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. There is also a subtle piney scent present from the rye.

The Palate

On the first sip there is a pleasantly sweet start, with notes of toffee, ripe cherry and red pepper. The oak also offers a dryness flavor, with leather and molasses.

The Finish

Expect a long and warming finish. It’s also a bit on the strong side.

We recommend Parker’s Heritage 8th Edition for a variety of cocktails, or if you please, drinking it neat is also very enjoyable. If you aren’t a fan of an oaky taste add a splash of water makes it disappear.

Have you had a chance to get your hands on the Parker’s Heritage 8th Edition? What were your thoughts? What other bourbon releases are you looking forward to?