Auction Items: March 12 – March 24, 2018.
“Parker’s Heritage Collection” Single Barrel #11
The Parker’s Heritage Collection was first introduced in 2006, and was designed to showcase a distinctive limited-edition single-barrel whiskey each year. Past expressions have run the gamut, from 24-year-old bourbon to straight wheat and malt whiskeys, and they’ve been popular. Between 2013 and 2016, sales of Parker’s Heritage bourbon raised more than half a million dollars for ALS research and patient care.
In the wake of Parker’s death, Heaven Hill appears to be continuing the effort. This year’s release is an 11-year-old bourbon from Parker’s “favorite rickhouse location,” Deatsville. It’s bottled at 122 proof and non-chill filtered. Heaven Hill will donate $10 from each bottle sold to the ALS Association.
Vital Stats: 11 years old, 122 proof. Single barrel release. Suggested retail pricing $129.99.
Appearance: Dusky chestnut
Nose: At first, the nose appears a little bit closed—soft vanilla and cream soda atop a deep backdrop of polished oak. After a few minutes, a richer, darker side begins to reveal itself. There’s char and smoke, caramel and dark spice, and just-the-right-edge-of-burnt popcorn, like a wood-powered kettlecorn machine. A little more nosing reveals a gentle suggestion of something fruity—concord grape, maybe?—and a warm note of sandalwood. A few drops of water increases the amplitude of the aroma, bringing out dill, fruit salad, and toasted grain.
Palate: Deeply roasty, with lovely rich notes of char, roasted corn, citrus pith, sandalwood, toasted nuts, leather, and smoke. The finish is long and warming, with a nice raisin-like quality.
Powerful, elegant, complete, and intentional, this bourbon isn’t flashy, but the marketing materials are spot on: “The sixth-generation Master Distiller would have described these bottles as ‘just good bourbon.’” A fitting tribute to a lost friend from Heaven Hill.
Starting Bid: $130.00
Bidding will only take place in the store.