PHC 7 Promise of Hope Review

Parker’s Heritage Collection (PHC) is an annual release from Heaven Hill that features a unique expression every year. This expression was from 2013 and was the seventh in the series. It’s a 10 year, single barrel bottled at 48% ABV.

Nose: Wet oak and cherry up front with what I consider a classic Heaven Hill woody profile overall. Corn, vanilla, and pine sap develop after a bit.

Palate: Maraschino cherries right off the bat with the oak developing in mid palate immediately after. Quite grain forward overall with the low proof lending a bit of a watery taste overall.

Finish: Surprisingly becomes a bit hotter here with the oak becoming more intense. A bit of smoke as the sweet cherry notes fade.

Rating: 84/100 – nose is fairly great, but palate/finish come across as overoaked to me despite the young age of this year’s PHC.

Value for the money: This was $99 at retail, and I wouldn’t pay that again compared to the bourbon you can get for half that cost. I’d be happy to pay around $40 for this bourbon if I could set the price.

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