For those not in the know, Heaven Hill’s Parker’s Heritage Collection is a yearly, experimental, specially-selected whiskey release created to pay homage to the brand’s late Master Distiller, Parker Beam. And while each year is quite different from those that came before, we’re especially excited about this 13th offering: an 8-year-old rye whiskey.
Interestingly, the 2019 Parker’s Heritage Collection Rye Whiskey utilizes the brand’s standard rye mashbill — the same one used in their fabled Rittenhouse Rye. But this American whiskey isn’t special because of its distillation or ingredients. Rather, it’s difference lies in the finish. You see, whereas most Heaven Hill offerings are finished in Level 3 char barrels, this one was aged in Level 5 char barrels — meaning it’s a good deal smokier than just about any of its counterparts. The result is a spirit that’s exceedingly flavorful, especially when it comes to its spicier notes, with a proof of 105 and an MSRP of $150. But it’s an extremely limited release, so you’ll want to snatch a bottle up quickly if you’ve got any hope of trying it.