The Parker’s Heritage Collection was originally conceived as an opportunity for the late Parker Beam, form long-time master distiller of Heaven Hill, to select an annual expression that showcased the experimental side of the distillery’s massive stocks of aged whiskey. Up until his retirement due to failing health, Beam himself oversaw the selection of the barrels that went into each release. Over the years, these bottlings have varied wildly in terms of age, mashbill, style, finishing casks, and proof. The unpredictable nature of the series is a bit of a double-edged sword since no two releases are ever exactly the same. Some bottles in the series are among the highest rated and most soft-after American whiskies of the past 15 years while others have been met with less favorable reviews. In my opinion, I enjoy the variable nature of the series as it gives promising off-profile and unusual whiskies an opportunity to see a retail shelf rather than sit in a rickhouse or distillery tasting lab.
Starting with the 8th edition (Promise of Hope), proceeds from each sale of Parker’s Heritage Collection bottles are donated to the ALS Association as Parker Beam was afflicted with this disease toward the end of his life.
The selection process for each whisky in the series is done by a series of blind tastings conducted by an ever changing tasting panel at Heaven Hill. This ensures that the consensus best whiskey each year is selected to become the next Parker’s Heritage edition.
What will the next edition of Parker’s Heritage be? Your guess is as good as mine.
Parker's Heritage Collection Hub
|Edition||Expression||Proof||My Rating||Review Link|
|1||Cask Strength Bourbon||122.6, 127.4,|
|2||27 Year Old Bourbon||96||--||Coming Soon|
|3||Golden Anniversary||100||--||Coming Soon|
|4||Wheated Bourbon||127.8, 124.2||--||Coming Soon|
|5||Cognac Finish||100||--||Coming Soon|
|6||Blend of Mashbills||131.6, 133.2, 137.9, 139.4||--||Coming Soon|
|7||Promise of Hope||96||--||Coming Soon|
|8||Original Batch Wheat Whiskey||127.4, 126.8||94||Review|
|11||11 Year Old Single Barrel||122||--||Coming Soon|
|12||Orange Curaçao Finish||110||--||Coming Soon|
|13||Heavy Char Rye||105||89||Review|
|14||Heavy Char Bourbon||120||--||Coming Soon|
|15||Heavy Char Wheat Whiskey||122||--||Coming Soon|