In the Fall of 2013, Heaven Hill released the 7th edition of Parker's Heritage Collection, the "Promise of Hope," a 10 year old, 96 proof, perfectly balanced Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey aged high up in HH's Rickhouse EE.
Heaven Hill's "Master Distiller Emeritus," Parker Beam (master distiller Craig Beam's father), for whom the PHC series is named, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (a.k.a ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) several years ago. The 2013 “Promise of Hope” release (for which Heaven Hill donated $20 for each bottle sold) has raised over $300,000 for the ALS Association’s Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund.
I received it as a gift around the time I deployed to Afghanistan last winter, which as you can image, was bittersweet. But there's nothing bitter about this bourbon. Even though the 2014 PHC Wheat Whiskey has supplanted the "Promise of Hope" in the field, I wanted to review it because it's one of my favorite bourbons of all time. Plus, I'd MUCH rather drink fine bourbon than pour ice water over my head to support a cause.
Parker's Heritage Collection "Promise of Hope"
Heaven Hill Distillery
Aged 10 years
$100 at Liquor Barn in Lexington, KY
Color: Bright, burnt orange/copper;
Nose: Maple sugar, honey, caramelized apples, oak. So pleasant.
Tasting Notes: The first sip is very subtle, but delicious with maple candy and honeycomb notes; there is a very unique dried fruit/sweet spice effect on the palate that finishes long but demands another taste.
Overall: A. I cannot express how much I like the "Promise of Hope." It is unique, perfectly balanced, and delicious. It is so interesting, I only drink it after achieving something or with very special friends and family. I will shed a tear when what is left in the bottle makes its way into my blood.