Heaven Hill Distillery has announced the 2018 limited-edition release of Parker’s Heritage Collection Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which is finished in orange curaçao barrels.
The 12th edition will ship into select markets across the country beginning in September. Once again, a portion of the proceeds will benefit ALS research.
After aging for seven-to-eight years in the upper floors of Rickhouse Q, the bourbon then finished for four months in barrels that previously held French orange curaçao liqueur. “The orange curaçao finish lends a unique flavor that complements the Bourbon without overpowering it, creating an entirely new and elegant tasting experience,” the company says.
The 2018 Parker’s Heritage Collection is bottled at 110 proof (55% ABV) and is non-chill filtered.
The late Heaven Hill Master Distiller Parker Beam, for whom the series is named, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2010. The past five editions from 2013-2017 — the “Promise of Hope” Bourbon, the “Original Batch” Straight Wheat Whiskey, the Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey, the 24-Year-Old Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, and the 11-Year-Old Single Barrel — have raised over one 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 with the 2018 bottle
The 2018 Parker’s Heritage Collection retails for a suggested price of $89.99 per 750-ml. bottle. It is available in a three-bottle case.
Parker’s Heritage Collection was originally conceived to showcase the range of Heaven Hill’s American Whiskey holdings, as Heaven Hill boasts the world’s second largest inventory of aging American Whiskey. This is the second finished offering in 12 years of the annual series — the seventh iteration was a Cognac-finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon.