This Parker’s Heritage Collection release is named “Promise of Hope,” as a result of a partnership between Heaven Hill and the ALS Association’s “ALS Promise Fund”. For every bottle sold, Heaven Hill donated $20 to promote awareness of the disease, as well as to help raise funds for research and patient care. This 2013 release was the first single barrel bourbon to be released in the series. Parker Beam personally selected around 100 barrels from Heaven Hill’s inventory at his favorite spot for “honey barrels” in the company’s Deatsville maturation warehouses, the top tiers of Rickhouse EE. The whiskey is 10 years old, and bottled without chill-filtering at Parker’s preferred strength of 48% ABV.
I haven’t had the Parker’s Heritage Collection’s 1-6 (some epic ones in the collection), but I have tried the 2014 Wheat Whiskey, and the 2015 Malt Whiskey, and by far this 2013 Promise of Hope release was my favorite. People loved the Wheat Whiskey, but I could never get that into it. The Promise of Hope was a overlooked and underrated release in my opinion. On to the tasting!
Nose: Such a rich and deep nose. Strong caramel and maple. Apple. Oak. Kind of a earthy back note.
Palate: Heavy caramel, pepper, and fresh oak. Peanut. Apple. Very unique taste. Many layers to this one.
Finish: Medium finish. Sweet caramel that slides down your tongue. Aftertaste stays with you with a little oak and caramel.
Love this pour. Funny thing is I like the nose and the finish more than the actual palate. All around enjoyable. Cheers to Heaven Hill & Parker Beam!Bourbon, cleveland, Heaven hill, parkers heritage collection, promise of hope, review, whiskey