The Heaven Hill Parker’s Heritage Collection is now in its eight edition this year. This very limited bottling, pricing around $90 each, is just starting to hit retail around the country now and, for the first time, will consist of an American straight whiskey type other than bourbon for its make up.
The 2014 edition will feature 13-year-old straight wheat whiskey, bottled at cask strength and non-chill filtered. The barrels used for this year’s offering were from the very first run of what later would become Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey. According to Heaven Hill this release comprised
of two small batch dumps, the first of which will be bottled at a robust 127.4° proof or 63.7% alcohol by volume. The cask strength and lack of chill filtering mean the whiskey is bottled much as it came out of the barrel after 13 years of aging on the top floors of Rickhouse Y on the Heaven Hill property in Bardstown.
In addition to this being the eight year this whiskey has been brought to market, it is also the second some of the proceeds from it are being used to raise money to help research a cure for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Heaven Hill Master Distiller Emeritus Parker Beam was diagnosed with ALS several years ago, which is thus unfortunately the tie-in. Last year’s run of this spirit raised over $300,000 for the ALS Association’s Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund, and it is expected this time around an additional $65,000 will be generated.
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