The fifteenth spherical of Parker’s Heritage Assortment is right here, and for the second time it’s a wheat whiskey, which the sequence first did in 2014 as a 13 yr outdated. This 2021 launch is 11 years outdated, nevertheless it additionally attracts on a trick used for the final two years of the Heritage Assortment: heavy char barrels fired to a well-scorched degree 5 char. With this heavy char wheat whiskey (51% wheat, 37% corn, and 12% malted barley), a trilogy of kinds, together with a heavy char bourbon and rye, has been accomplished. As is conventional with the Heritage Assortment, a portion of proceeds from the whiskey’s gross sales can be donated to ALS analysis, from which Parker Beam died a number of years in the past.
With prologue full, let’s give this 2021 launch a strive.
Misses within the Parker’s Heritage Assortment are few and much between, and Heaven Hill has crafted one other clear winner with this launch. The influence of the heavy char is obvious on the nostril, with loads of toasted wooden quick, however there’s additionally ample sweetness, with maple and ripe banana notes wafting from the glass. The palate is certainly very candy, because the nostril would point out, an preliminary rush of taste providing butterscotch, flambeed banana, and orange peel notes. Surprisingly approachable even at its full 61% abv, the sugar rush is tempered by some spice notes on the end, although caramel and vanilla dominate and preserve the expertise leaning towards the dessert facet of issues. Should you like your whiskeys candy, you’ll love this yr’s Parker’s.
That stated, whereas there’s rather less nuance with this launch than we’ve seen with different Parker’s Heritage bottlings, it’s nonetheless a standout installment within the sequence that’s effectively price your time.
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