2016 Parker's Heritage Collection (#10) - 24-Year-Old Bonded Bourbon

We have been very fortunate to find bottles of Parker's Heritage Collection (PHC) over the last few years. This season marked the 10th release in the PHC series, which honors Parker Beam, Heaven Hill's master distiller emeritus.

- #7 was known as the "Promise of Hope," a 10-year-old, 96 proof beauty of a bourbon.

- #8 was a 13-year-old uncut, unfiltered 51% Wheat Whiskey. It remains one of my favorite whiskeys of all time.

- #9 was an odd-ball 65% malt/35% corn whiskey aged for 8 years and bottled at 108 proof.

With great anticipation, we cracked #10, an extremely limited 24-year-old bonded bourbon, over the holidays. (Just in case you don't know, to be "bonded," whiskey must be at least four years old, 100 proof, and be the product of one distillation season (by one distiller/at one distillery). 

There are two versions of PHC 10- one crafted in the Fall of 1990 and the other in the Spring of 1991. Both were made at the Heaven Hill distillery destroyed by fire in 1996. "Pre-fire" HH juice is fabled stuff. 

2016 Parker's Heritage Collection

Heaven Hill Distillery
100 proof
$200 at a little liquor store in Bardstown, KY

Color: Deep mahogany. 

Nose: As expected, very woody. Antique furniture, damp attic, and mature oak. Sweet notes of caramel, orange rind, and roses emerge with air time. The floral note is rich and turns me off a bit.

Tasting Notes: Deep, dark, rich and syrupy. Tons of wet oak, cinnamon spice, caramel, and more oak. The heat in the finish is short to moderate but the flavors hang on for a hot minute.

Overall: B. Unique; not for everyone. The wood and fatty acids dominate what I can only describe as an old school experience. This is a special bottling and worth every penny, but I suspect it would turn people off in a true blind taste test. We'll test that theory and post about it later.