Parker's Heritage (distilled Fall 1990) 24 year old, 50%

Price: $250 Issue: Winter 2016 Reviewer: Fred Minnick

Non-chill filtered plus a lot of age equals oak meeting caramel, vanilla, earth, nuttiness, and mildew. Slight hints of anise, rose petals, tree bark, and overcooked rice, before over-oaked flavor dominates with medicinal notes and soap. Bitterness, earth, and a saving grace of herbs follow for a decent, albeit woody finish. This is simply over-oaked. I'd love to have tasted this bottled three to seven years ago.