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A series of rare, limitied edition American Whiskies. A new edition is released each year.

Parker’s Heritage Collection Original Batch

Parker's Heritage collection is a series of rare, limited edition American Whiskeys offered as a tribute to sixth-generation Master Distiller Parker Beam for his more than five decades of crafting exceptional Whiskeys.

The eighth edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection features 13-year-old straight wheat whiskey, bottled at cask strength and non-chill filtered. The barrels used for this offering were from the very first run of what later would become Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey. With a minimum of 51% soft winter wheat in the mashbill or grain recipe, Bernheim is the only straight wheat whiskey produced by a major American distiller and has been available since 2005. For this reason, this Parker’s Heritage Collection release has been dubbed “Original Batch Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey”.

The cask strength and lack of chill filtering means the whiskey is bottled much as it came out of the barrel after 13 years of aging on the top floors of Rickhouse Y on the Heaven Hill property in Bardstown. Heaven Hill announced in June that they were repackaging the Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey to add a 7 year age statement, but the additional 6 years of maturation gives the Parker’s Heritage Collection Original Batch Wheat Whiskey even greater complexity and depth. The soft, biscuity profile of Bernheim is tempered with additional oak and char notes, and the finish is long and spicy.

Heaven Hill Master Distiller Emeritus Parker Beam, for whom the acclaimed series is named, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) several years ago. For every bottle sold of this edition, Heaven Hill will contribute $5 to ALS research and treatment in honor of Parker.

Awards

Named #15 by F. Paul Pacult
on his list of “111 Best Whiskeys, Brandies, Liqueurs and White Spirits in the World”
2010 - World’s Best New Release
from Whisky Magazine’s World Whiskey Awards 2010
2010 - Bourbon of the Year, No Age Statement (Multiple Barrels)
from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2010
2010 - Best Bourbon Over $50 - Whiskies of the Year
from About.com
2010 - American Whiskey of the Year
from Malt Advocate Magazine
2010 - Gold Medal
from San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2010 - Excellent/Strong Recommendation
from Ultimate Spirits Challenge
2010 - Gold Medal
from WSWA Spirits Tasting Competition
2010 - World's Best North American Whisky
from Whisky Magazine World Whiskey Awards
2011 - Gold Medal
from San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2009 - Top Ten New Whiskies for 2009
from Malt Advocate Magazine
2008 - Top Ten New Whiskies (27-Year Old)
from Malt Advocate
Top Ten New Whiskies of 2007 (Cask Strength)
from Malt Advocate Magazine
Five Stars (Cask Strength)
by F. Paul Pacult's The Spirit Journal
North American Whiskey of the Year (27-Year Old)
from Malt Advocate

Previous Editions

2013-7th Edition
Promise of Hope
10-Year-Old Single Barrel Bourbon
2012-6th Edition
Master Distiller’s Blend of Mashbills 11-Year-Old Cask Strength Bourbon
2011 – 5th Edition
10-Year-Old Bourbon Finished in Cognac Casks
2010 – 4th Edition
10-Year-Old, Cask Strength, Non-chill filtered, Wheated Bourbon mashbill
2009 – 3rd Edition
Golden Anniversary edition, celebrating Parker Beam’s 50th anniversary with Heaven Hill. Parker selected barrels of Bourbon from each decade of his career and married them together. Bottled at 100 proof.
2008 – 2nd Edition
27-Year-Old, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 96 Proof
2007 – 1st Edition
11-Year-Old, Cask Strength, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey