Monday, October 28, 2013
Parker's Heritage Collection 2013: Promise of Hope
The Seventh and, rumor has it, final edition of the vaunted Parker's Heritage Collection is the Promise of Hope. Parker Beam, former Master Distiller of Heaven Hill, was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's Disease). The idea of the Promise of Hope was to represent Parker Beam's favorite style of bourbon and to help honor him by contributing $20 per bottle sold to a special fund set up to benefit ALS research.
The bourbon is a ten year old, single barrel rye recipe bourbon picked from Beam's preferred warehouse and released at his preferred strength of 96 proof. He chose 100 barrels to go into the release.
Parker's Heritage Collection Promise of Hope, 10 yo, 48% abv ($90)
The nose has saw dust, coffee grounds, peanuts (or peanut candy really) and wood; it's got a lot going on but in a sort of confused way (as opposed to a complex way). The palate is dry with mineral notes and wood. The finish is dry and woody.
This is a very nice bourbon with dry, mineral notes that are so pronounced it could be confused with a Dickel. I like it, though, as with last year's Blend of Mashbills, it's not quite up to par with the best releases of the collection. Still, it's good bourbon and for a good cause.