Parker’s Heritage Collection – Curaçao Barrel Finished (12th Edition) Review

Parker’s Heritage Collection is Heaven Hill‘s annual special release American whiskey honoring the late Parker Beam.

Parker Beam began with Heaven Hill in 1960. He would later become Master Distiller at Heaven Hill in 1975, following the death of his father and then Master Distiller Earl Beam. In 2010, Beam was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Beginning with the 2013 release, Heaven Hill began donating a portion of proceeds from the sale of Parker’s Heritage to the ALS Association. Parker Beam passed in early 2017 following his battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. By the time of his passing, Beam was with Heaven Hill for 56 years.

This year’s release is the 12th release for the Parker’s Heritage Collection line. The Parker’s Heritage Barrel Finished bourbon is 7-8 year Heaven Hill bourbon from the upper floors of Rickhouse Q. It is then finished in previously aged French orange curaçao liqueur for four months. It is then bottled at 110 proof. This is Heaven Hill’s second barrel finished release after the cognac finished bourbon (5th edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection).

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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2018

The Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2018 release announcement is here!

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2018

The Buffalo Trace Antique Collection was first introduced a little over ten years ago. It features five whiskeys (two ryes and three bourbons) that are some of the most highly sought-after in the market. Each is a pillar in the limited edition whiskey industry.

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September 2018: Blind Tasting of Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrels

Our September 2018 tasting event was a blind tasting of Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel, hosted by Jay Cary.

Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel

Smooth Ambler is a West Virginia company that was started in 2009.  Before it began distilling, aging, and selling its own products, Smooth Ambler made its first splash in the whiskey industry through its Old Scout Single Barrel line, which sources bourbon from other distilleries.

The Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel bourbons that we sampled are all sourced from MGP in Indiana. Each bottle is at least 8 years old and distilled from a high-rye mash of 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% malted barley.

Unbeknownst to the group at the time of our tasting, all five bottles at our tasting event were Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel bourbons. The age and proof slightly differed between each bottle, but each also had its own distinct flavor characteristics.

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