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Latest Parker’s Heritage Is A Double Barreled Bourbon Blend

The annual Parker’s Heritage from Heaven Hill was recently announced, taking the form of a double barreled bourbon blend.

The new Parker’s Heritage Collection 16th Edition, according to those behind it, “consists of 67% 13-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey that has been double barreled for four weeks and then blended post aging with 33% 15-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The 13-year-old Bourbon, from barrels produced in December 2008, was aged on the 5th-7th floors of Rickhouse Q and then re-barreled into new American white oak barrels with a level three char for four weeks.

“Then, it was later blended with 15-year-old Bourbon from barrels produced in January 2007 aged on the 2nd and 5th floors of Rickhouse II.”

Parker's Heritage Collection 16th Edition
The annual Parker’s Heritage from Heaven Hill was recently announced, taking the form of a double barreled bourbon blend. (image via Heaven Hill)

As has been the case in years past, a portion of the proceeds will continue to support ALS research and patient care in honor of Parker Beam, Master Distiller Emeritus, with more than $1 million contributed across the Parker’s Heritage Collection since 2013.

“The Parker’s Heritage Collection is a testament to the distilling legacy at Heaven Hill Distillery and the continued thirst for innovation which has driven generations of master distillers,” said Susan Wahl, Vice President, American Whiskey at Heaven Hill, in a prepared statement. “This Double Barreled Blend Bourbon is a masterful pairing of two uniquely aged products that create the perfect balance of flavors which, we believe, honor the past and are a fitting tribute to Parker and his legacy.”

This bourbon is packaged in in the same upscale 750ml bottle as the previous fifteen editions, but with an eggplant-colored label. Available this month for around $175 per 750 ml bottle, it was ultimately bottled at barrel proof 132.2 or 66.1% alcohol by volume. Official tasting notes are below.

This edition leads with an oak forward nose and hints of butterscotch and caramel, and once tasted is followed by a balance of spice notes, sweetness and slight oak tannins. The finish is long and warm with elements of dark chocolate, baking spices and white pepper.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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