Parker's Heritage Single Barrel Bourbon 11 Year - SIPN

Parker's Heritage Single Barrel Bourbon 11 Year

$174.99
122 Proof
Heaven Hill Distillery
Kentucky
750 ML (Standard)
Heavy notes of oak, tobacco, and cinnamon come blasting to the forefront of the sip.The proof is evident, as a strong blast of heat comes immediately.After the heat subsides, a creamy consistency materializes along with faint notes of candy corn, baking spice, and fireball candy.It leans more on pomp and circumstance than delicate and sophisticated.
A potent yet still somewhat understated nose for a 122 proof bourbon.Bountiful notes of tobacco, raisins, caramel, and cherry make this bourbon a delight to nose.Trace amounts of ethanol and bitterness are also present, but are overpowered by heavier oak notes.It's certainly an enjoyable nose, but there is something about it that makes it come up a little short.It just might be that the combination of them doesn't quite mingle together perfectl or as well as they should
It's a bit baffling and surprising how straightforward this finish is coming from a Parker's release.Heavy notes of oak dominate with a healthy amount of dryness.It's a bit too powerful tasting for its own good, as too many of the palate's flavors get completely drowned out by the heat in the finish.Adding water helps tame the heat, but does little to enhance the flavor.
This 11 year-old bourbon release from Heaven Hill marks the 11th Edition of the Parker's Heritage Collection, named for master distiller emeritus Parker Beam.Expect to see slight variations regarding flavor as is to be expected with single barrel releases.Parker was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also called AL or Lou Gehrig's disease) in 2010 and passed away in early 2017.The last four editions beginning with Promise of Hope have helped to raise money for ALS research and patient care.That continues with this edition which Heaven Hill has promised to donate $10 of each bottle sold to the ALS Association.This is expected to hit shelves in September 2017.
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