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Review: Parker’s Heritage Collection “Golden Anniversary”

July 21st, 2009

Parker’s Heritage Collection, “Golden Anniversary”, 50%, $150
This bottling celebrates Master Distiller Parker Beam’s 50 years of service by containing whiskey from each of the past five decades. This is a fabulous whiskey: seamless, incredibly complex, with an impeccable marriage of youth and maturity. It’s also very even-keeled throughout—quite different than last year’s equally impressive PHC, a 27 year old, whose personality was more like an exhilarating old wooden rollercoaster ride (and also brandished more oak).  Look for candied citrus, nectarine, blueberry, and sultana anchored by a nougat center and laced with honeyed vanilla and orange creamsickle. There’s a dusting of cocoa powder, brittle mint and cinnamon too! Tobacco leaves, polished leather and teasing bourbon barrel char round out the palate, emerging more prominently towards its warming finish. A classic!

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 97

(Note: This whiskey will be released in late September. )

6 Responses to “Review: Parker’s Heritage Collection “Golden Anniversary””

  1. sam k says:

    I was honored to have a taste with you over the weekend, John, and the experience emphasized what the Scots have known for years: blending can enhance the whiskey-drinking experience tremendously. I hope other American distilleries take this cue and start making an effort to create new and different expressions by vatting what’s already available to them.

  2. John Hansell says:

    Indeed, Sam. I plan on blogging about this topic soon.

    Oh, and I just noticed that I accidentally rated this whiskey a 96, when I meant to score it a 97. A typo. (No copy-editing in the blogging world, I’m afraid.) I corrected it. Sorry for any confusion. Yes, it’s only one point. But at this level, one point means a lot.

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  4. John Hansell says:

    Oh, and BTW, this is a bourbon, in case you didn’t know. I tagged it as a bourbon. Sorry for the confusion.

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