Heaven Hill Distillery has announced the 2016 limited edition release of Parker’s Heritage Collection – a 24-year-old, Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon. The uniqueness of this bottling lies not only in its age, but also in its Bottled-in-Bond designation. Bottled-in-Bond bourbons have experienced renewed interest by consumers because of the long and storied history behind such a designation dating way back to the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897.
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Distilled at Bardstown Distillery
This bourbon was produced in the Heaven Hill Bardstown Distillery, not the Bernheim Distillery. Heaven Hills says the 2016 edition, the tenth in the series, features two separate versions of the Bottled-in-Bond product and is expected to be the oldest Bottled-in-Bond in the world. It was produced in Fall 1990 and Spring 1991 at Heaven Hill’s distillery in Bardstown, KY, (D.S.P. KY-31), which was later destroyed in 1996 by fire along with seven rickhouses and over 90,000 barrels. The liquid is bottled by season in order to retain its Bottled-in-Bond designation. While Heaven Hill now produces its Bourbon and American Whiskey out of the Bernheim Distillery in downtown Louisville, this Parker’s Heritage Collection edition will feature the original distillery designation on the back label, making it a worthy successor to the previous nine releases.
The Parker’s Heritage Collection series was originally conceived to showcase the extraordinary quality and broad range of Heaven Hill’s American Whiskey holdings, as Heaven Hill boasts the world’s second largest inventory of aging American Whiskey. The annual release is one of the most highly anticipated bottlings for whiskey and Bourbon lovers worldwide, as the collection produces an innovative, coveted product each year.
Series has Raised Over $500k for ALS Research
Heaven Hill Master Distiller Emeritus Parker Beam, for whom the acclaimed series is named, was diagnosed with ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis also called Lou Gehrig’s disease several years ago. The past three editions from 2013-2015, including the “Promise of Hope” Bourbon, the “Original Batch” Straight Wheat Whiskey, and the Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey, respectively, have raised over half a million dollars toward ALS research and patient care through contributions made by Heaven Hill for each bottle purchased. Heaven Hill will continue with this cause-related campaign, and will contribute $15 from the average national retail cost of $249.99 of each 750ml bottle sold of this year’s release to the ALS Association.
Heaven Hill says the bourbon is bottled at 100 proof (50% abv) and non-chill filtered, to retain more of the natural esters and fatty acids that have matured in the barrel for almost a quarter of a century, providing a richer mouth feel. The Oak flavor is prominent with hints of cinnamon and vanilla, rounded out by a clean finish with a hint of chocolate.
The 24-year-old, Bottled-in-Bond will be shipping into select markets across the country beginning in September.