As Bourbon Hunting Season 2023 kicks into high gear, Heaven Hill Distillery has revealed the 17th edition of their prestigious Parker’s Heritage Collection. This highly anticipated release takes the form of a 10-year-old cask strength rye whiskey, continuing the legacy of this acclaimed series.
Much like its predecessors, a portion of the proceeds from the 17th edition will contribute to ALS research and patient care in honor of Parker Beam, Master Distiller Emeritus. Parker's enduring influence on the collection is a testament to his dedication to the craft.
The 2023 Parker’s Heritage Collection is crafted from 10-year-old rye whiskey barrels that were filled in August, October, or December of 2012. These barrels matured in various locations within Heaven Hill's rickhouses, imparting a diverse range of flavors to the liquid. Importantly, the whiskey is bottled without undergoing the chill-filtration process, preserving its true character.
This edition adheres to Heaven Hill Distillery’s traditional rye whiskey mash bill, comprising 51% rye, 35% corn, and 14% malted barley. At cask strength, it boasts an impressive 128.8 proof, delivering a robust and full-bodied experience for whiskey enthusiasts.
Susan Wahl, Vice President of American Whiskey at Heaven Hill, emphasized the commitment to preserving Parker's legacy through this ultra-premium release, stating, “Parker laid the groundwork for this series, and we believe this cask strength rye release is one that would make him proud.”
The Parker's Heritage Collection, named after the late Master Distiller Parker Beam, who battled ALS, has been instrumental in raising funds for ALS research and patient care. Since 2013, Heaven Hill's contributions from the sale of each bottle have exceeded $1.2 million dollars, making a significant impact on ALS-related initiatives.
This highly sought-after release is an allocated product, available nationally and internationally in limited quantities. Whiskey enthusiasts can acquire a 750-ml. bottle of the 2023 Parker’s Heritage Collection for a suggested retail price of $185. Adorned with an emerald-colored label, this exceptional whiskey will be presented in a three-bottle case and will start hitting retail shelves in mid-to-late September.
About Heaven Hill Distillery
Heaven Hill Distillery, a venerable name in the world of American whiskey, boasts a rich and storied heritage that dates back to its founding in 1935. Established in Bardstown, Kentucky, this family-owned distillery has become synonymous with quality and tradition in the whiskey industry. Over the decades, it has played a pivotal role in shaping the American whiskey landscape.
One of the defining characteristics of Heaven Hill is its commitment to producing a wide range of whiskey expressions, from bourbon to rye, and beyond. With a portfolio that includes well-known brands such as Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, and Larceny, the distillery has consistently delivered exceptional spirits that have garnered acclaim from enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike.
The Parker's Heritage Collection, a series of limited-edition releases named in honor of the late Master Distiller Parker Beam, exemplifies Heaven Hill's dedication to innovation and philanthropy. These releases not only showcase the distillery's expertise but also contribute to ALS research and patient care, a cause dear to Parker Beam's heart. The collection has become a revered tradition, with each edition offering a unique and memorable whiskey experience.
Heaven Hill's commitment to quality extends to its production processes, where time-honored traditions meet modern techniques. The distillery's well-maintained rickhouses, where barrels of whiskey patiently age, are a testament to the craftsmanship that defines their products. With a vast inventory of aging whiskey, Heaven Hill continues to release exceptional expressions that captivate whiskey enthusiasts around the world.
As a family-owned and operated distillery, Heaven Hill's dedication to preserving tradition while embracing innovation has made it a cherished name in the whiskey community. Its enduring commitment to quality, philanthropy, and craftsmanship ensures that each bottle of Heaven Hill whiskey carries with it a legacy of excellence and a taste of Kentucky's rich whiskey heritage.