Parkers Heritage 11YO Single Barrel 61% 11th Ed Bourbon 750ml
"This is the 11th yearly edition of the Parker’s Heritage Collection (PHC). This edition is an 11 year old bourbon released in single barrel form. According to the company, it showcases what Parker Beam felt was one of his greatest achievements throughout his more than 50 years of distilling experience – the introduction of Heaven Hill’s single barrel bourbons. It was aged in Parker’s favorite rickhouse location in Deatsville, KY.
A potent yet still somewhat understated nose for a 122 proof bourbon. Bountiful notes of tobacco, raisins, caramel, and cherry make this bourbon a delight to nose. Trace amounts of ethanol and bitterness are also present, but are overpowered by heavier oak notes. It’s certainly an enjoyable nose, but there is something about it that makes it come up a little short. It just might be that the combination of them doesn’t quite mingle together perfectly or as well as they should.
Heavy notes of oak, tobacco, and cinnamon come blasting to the forefront of the sip. The proof is evident, as a strong blast of heat comes immediately. After the heat subsides, a creamy consistency materializes along with faint notes of candy corn, baking spice, and fireball candy. It leans more on pomp and circumstance than delicate and sophisticated.
It’s a bit baffling and surprising how straightforward this finish is coming from a Parker’s release. Heavy notes of oak dominate with a healthy amount of dryness. It’s a bit too powerful tasting for its own good, as too many of the palate’s flavors get completely drowned out by the heat in the finish. Adding water helps tame the heat, but does little to enhance the flavor."