Excerpt: Complexity of earth, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla, bitter chocolate, light cinnamon, sautéed mushrooms, watermelon Jolly Rancher, and a hint of tobacco. Eventually, woodiness and bitterness set in and dominate the palate. Too much wood.
Excerpt: I hope Heaven Hill continues to push the envelope with their Parker’s releases each year. I’d encourage enthusiasts who didn’t find much to love with this version to keep the idea in mind that pushing the envelope, even if the end product isn’t to your liking, can ultimately be a positive thing.
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This is another release of the annual circus that is Parkers Heritage Collection. This is a 24 year old bourbon that is bottled in bond and, as such, is released at 50% ABV. There was both a spring and fall bottling, and Ill admit, I do not recall which this is. I doubt it makes any real difference either way.
Spicy, oaky and hugely fruity. Banana laffy taffy, vanilla, cocoa. Cherry chocolate cordials. This is really interesting so far.
Medium mouthfeel, oaky, cocoa, pepper, spicy and very oaky. Overoaked for my tastes. Tannic and dry. No fruitiness here besides some traces of banana laffy taffy and cherry chocolate.
Medium, tannic and dry. Pepper, beef jerky, faint cocoa. A bit hot, surprisingly.
Far too much oak. This is dry, thin (despite the age and proof) and generally not too exciting. I'm really surprised because I expected a lot of really rich flavors and a much more velvety mouthfeel and I was pretty letdown. At the end of the day, age isn't everything. The nose and palate were interesting and unique, but really no better than a dram of Buffalo Trace, in my opinion.
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