Parker's Heritage Collection 2nd Edition 27 Year Old Small Batch Bourbon 750ml
Launched in 2007, the Parker's Heritage Collection from Heaven Hill is named after former Heaven Hill Master Distiller, Parker Beam. Parker was sadly diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gherig's disease) in 2010, and bottlings from then on were produced in order to raise funds for research into the condition, and this continues since his death in 2017. Parker's legacy with the company was his forward thinking-approach, and he created the industry’s first small batch bourbon, Elijah Craig, in 1986, and Heaven Hill's first single barrel bourbons, Evan Williams, in 1994. This collection continues to honour his ethos by celebrating his achievements as well as pursuing further experimentation in his honour.
Bottled in 2008, this was the second release. The barrels for this 27 year old were hand selected by Parker himself, from the lower floors of one of his favourite rickhouses, where they had been ageing since 1981.
Heaven Hill was established by a group of private investors in 1935, following the repeal of Prohibition a few years earlier. Among the founders was distiller, Joseph L. Beam, and a member of the Shapira family. As the company grew, the Shapira's eventually acquired sole ownership of it, and their descendants still run it today. In a similar dynastic vein, Joe Beam remained master distiller despite the Shapira takeover, and members of his family have occupied the role ever since. This was produced at the Old Heavenhill Springs distillery, later renamed simply as Heaven Hill, which was located in Bardstown, Kentucky. It was sadly lost in a devastating fire in 1996, and bourbon made there has become increasingly sought after as the years pass. The company had no distillery for the next three years, but were permitted to rent stills at Jim Beam and Brown-Forman in order to maintain production. They eventually acquired the newly refurbished Bernheim distillery from Diageo in 1999, which has been their home ever since.
John Hansell of Malt Advodate awarded this release 95 points!