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Parker’s Heritage Cognac-Finished Bourbon—A Bargain Whiskey for 80 Bucks?

A Franco-American Reunion Yields an Exquisite Spirit
Jack Bettridge
Posted: September 30, 2011

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Parker’s Heritage Selection Collection Barrel Finished (50 percent alcohol by volume or 100 proof, $80)

APPEARANCE: You can fairly see the intensity of this liquid. The color is dark amber with reddish coppery hues. It rolls down the glass in fat, lusty legs.

NOSE: The whiskey announces its complexity and the presence of Cognac on the nose. It rolls out like Bourbon, all candied caramel, vanilla and maple, and then shifts gears to show it French influences with floral, fruity and nutty notes.

PALATE: Again, this elusive Bourbon is always changing in the mouth. Butterscotch candy, caramel, vanilla, maple syrup are the original impressions. Then it explodes on the back of the palate with spice, licorice and cinnamon, quickly turns nutty and then offers its coquettish floral and fruity side.

FINISH: All the palate sensations remain and re-announce themselves periodically in a finish that is astoundingly long (read hours). Woe to the drink that tries to follow this act.


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Comments   3 comment(s)

Robin Kaufman — Toronto, Ontario, Canada,  —  May 29, 2012 2:57am ET

Amazing Bourbon!!!


Taylor Franklin January 13, 2013 3:53am ET

A few bottles still floating around.

This stuff is FANTASTIC !

Regardless of price.


Taylor Franklin January 13, 2013 10:12pm ET

I forgot to add these two gentlemen look like brothers, at least in this photo; kindred spirits.


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