This is the 8th release in the annual Parker’s Heritage Collection series. PHC 8 is a 13 year wheat whiskey (meaning at the mashbill is at least 51% wheat) that was released in two different batches with differing proofs. This is the batch that was bottled at 63.4% ABV.
Nose: Buttery croissants and apple butter. Slight green note (fresh grass mainly) with heavy cinnamon and wheat overtures.
Palate: Green apples soaked in wine. Full of oak and rich wheat – slightly oak heavy here.
Finish: Very oak forward with powerful wheat notes lingering turning to a fresh grain. Finish goes on for a long time.
Rating: 86/100 – Nice, but not overly complex. Turns a little oak heavy for me which is odd given it’s only 13 years. It could be the wheat doesn’t compete as well with the oak compared to a typical bourbon mashbill with mostly corn.
Value for the money: These retailed around $89-$99, and I think it’s an okay price at retail, but this is not worth any more than that (I think secondary is currently $150-$200).