This release represents the 13th edition of the Parker‚Äôs Heritage Collection, which is released annually in September each year. This is the first rye to be released in the series, and utilizes Heaven Hill‚Äôs standard rye whiskey mashbill.
However, unlike the customary Level 3 charred barrels used for aging Heaven Hill ryes, this whiskey was aged in Level 5 char barrels for 8 years and 9 months on the 7th floor of Rickhouse Y. Level 5 charred barrels are charred for a total of 90 seconds, which is 50 seconds longer than the Level 3 charred barrels. Distillers char barrels from Level 1 to Level 7, and typically uses Level 3 (you can learn more about the process here). The additional char is said to allow the whiskey to extract deeper notes of spice and wood in the resulting flavor. The end result is a 75 barrel release that is bottled without chill filtration at 105 proof. While the actual total bottle yield is unknown, making some assumptions about evaporation loss and proof out of the barrels suggests a total yield of around 15,000 – 20,000 bottles.
The series is named after the late Heaven Hill Master Distiller Parker Beam who passed away as a result of ALS (otherwise known as Lou Gehrig‚Äôs disease). Like each Parker‚Äôs Heritage Collection release since 2013‚Äôs ‚ÄúPromise of Hope,‚Äù a portion of the proceeds for each bottle sold will be donated to the ALS Association in his honor. To learn more about the background of this year‚Äôs edition, be sure to check out the company Press Release.