In 2007 Heaven Hill Distillery introduced Parker’s Heritage Collection as a tribute to their master distiller Parker Beam.
Parker, a grandnephew of Jim Beam, worked for Heaven Hill since 1960 until he lost his battle to ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in January 2017. The 2016 edition (10th in the series) features two separate versions of Bottled-in-Bond bourbon, distilled in the fall of 1990 and spring of 1991 in the original Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, which was destroyed by fire, along with 7 rickhouses holding 90000 barrels of bourbon in November 1996. The Parker’s Heritage Collection 24 years old is very likely the oldest bourbon carrying Bottled-in-Bond designation.
Nose: oaky and quite powerful, cigar box, leather, furniture polish, caramel, burnt toast, bitter oranges, nutmeg, prunes and hints of pencil shavings.
Palate: strong oaky notes, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, vanilla, bitter chocolate, leather, roasted almonds and dash of pepper.
Finish: long and very oaky with hints of bitter chocolate and nutmeg.