Parker's Heritage Barrel Finished in Orange Curaçao Barrels
Parker's Heritage Collection // Kentucky, USA
Barrel Finished marks the 12th edition of Parker's Heritage, a limited edition edition whiskey named in honor of the late Heaven Hill master distiller Parker Beam. This is the second Parker's Heritage release made in collaboration with master blender Alain Royer who assisted Parker in the creation of Cognac Barrel Finish. Barrel Finished is made from bourbons aged for 7-8 years on the upper floors of Rickhouse Q. The bourbon was then transferred to barrels that previously held orange curaçao liqueur for four months before bottling. Parker was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2010. Like the previous five Parker's Heritage releases, this bottling too will donate portions of its proceeds to the ALS Association. Bottled at 110 proof without chill-filtration, this release will hit shelves beginning September 2018.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak; finished in orange curaçao barrels
"Very pleasantly surprised to see that the orange curaçao does not overpower the bourbon and in fact enhances its characteristics instead. There's a call to autumn with the candied orange aroma along with barrels spices, but the flavor turns to toasted cereal, vanilla notes and that classic bourbon char note. It's a bit sharp on first pass due to the proof, but once you add a few drops of water you really get to enjoy the bourbon at its best. The bourbon softens just a touch and the orange notes are delightfully present throughout. A bourbon worthy of Parker's name indeed. "