Parker's Heritage Promise of Hope
Parker's Heritage Collection // Kentucky, USA
For the past several years, Heaven Hill Distillery has released a limited edition bourbon to honor their Master Distiller, Parker Beam. The 2013 release comes with a sad announcement that Mr. Beam has been diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's Disease.) For every bottle sold, $20 goes to the Promise of Hope fund to benefit this disease in Beam's name. As for the whiskey itself, it comes from selected barrels from Beam's supposedly favorite warehouse, Rickhouse EE in Deatsville.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
Cask Typenew charred oak
"It's actually among the best of these releases. Beautifully smooth and rich, with sweet corn, nutty, vanilla and caramel flavors finishing in a pleasant spicy heat. The 10 year old bourbon seems to hit just the right balance of flavors without getting too hot in the finish, and smoothing out all the rough edges, even with a high ABV. A really pretty bourbon indeed."