Excerpt: Adding water isn't necessary, but it'll bring out some red fruits and present more on the sweet side. Overall the heavy char here works well--it accentuates the bourbon rather than clobber it.
Excerpt: Where last year’s Parker’s Heritage edition was an overall disappointment, the bourbon version of Heaven Hill’s heavy char experiment thankfully is redemption for this often lauded and popular brand.
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The 14th entry in the series, Parker's Heritage Collection 14th Edition features a 10 year bourbon, matured in heavily charred barrels, and bottled at 60% ABV.
Heavy on the cocoa, plums and tobacco. Funky and rich with complexity on the nose. No sign of ethanol.
Rich, syrupy mouth feel. Cocoa, stewed fruits, tobacco, caramel and a touch of pepper. Oak presence is welcome, the barrel char is undeniable but not heavy handed. The proof is evident but not punishing, and this provides a welcome journey of flavor.
Long finish, with a bit more oak than the palate. It's not too tannic or bitter, and it helps manage the sweet stewed fruits, tobacco, fudge and creme brulee.
Outstanding, especially compared to last years release which left me wanting a bit. Excellent complexity, great flavors and an eternal decadent finish makes me a fan.
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