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).
This is the first batch (and first dump) of PHC 1. The first dump is considered the best of the three by the bourbon community and as the best of all the PHC. It’s a 10 year cask strength bourbon bottled at 63.7% ABV.
Nose: Lofty rich bourbon nose with cinnamon spice, overripe bananas, tobacco, and charcoal.
Palate: Woody and hot with pipesmoke, loads of spice, black pepper. Almost like a refined George T. Stagg.
Finish: Dry and rich oak with tobacco and leather.
Rating: 95/100 – One of the best bourbons I’ve had – all the quintessential bourbon notes in a perfect balance.
Value for the money: These go for $1200+ on the secondary, and I can’t recommend it at that price. I’d pay up to $200 retail for one of these.
This was the third release in the Parker’s Heritage Collection (PHC) series. It was a blend of whiskies over 5 decades to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Park Beam as master distiller. It’s bottled at 50% ABV.
Nose: Vanilla beans, corn mash, freshly sawn oak, and french toast.
Palate: Lots of oak and quite tannic. Not as sweet as the nose let on and a bit flat overall. Almost seems a bit oxidized.
Finish: Pepper, buttery oak, slightly bitter, fades fairly rapidly.
Rating: 80/100 – Not bad, but lacking on the palate.
Value for the money: This retailed for $150 originally and now goes for $800+. An easy pass for me at either price.
This is the fourth release from the Parker’s Heritage Collection (PHC) series. This was a 10 year wheated bourbon bottled at 63.9% ABV.
Nose: Very strong wheat up front. Turns even sweeter once you get past wheat with birthday cake, honey, vanilla, and some oak/anise.
Palate: Super sweet up front- brown sugar and wheat are dominant. Oak develops quickly and is much stronger than I’d expect for a 10 year.
Finish: Long with lots of wheat and oak with a bit of cocoa.
Rating: 94/100 – Everything you’d look for in a wheater pretty much.
Value for the money: These will run you $700+ on the secondary, and I can’t recommend it at that despite how good it is.
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.