Parker's Heritage (distilled Spring 1991) 24 year old, 50%

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

Take just a moment to admire the color; it's nearly red after 24 years. Then admire the fragrance, with florals, fruit, caramel, and vanilla bargaining for their time over prominent oak. Complexity of earth, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla, bitter chocolate, light cinnamon, sautéed mushrooms, watermelon Jolly Rancher, and a hint of tobacco. Eventually, woodiness and bitterness set in and dominate the palate. Too much wood.