Whiskey collectors have a new bottle to track down in 2019.
Heaven Hill Distillery today announced the 2019 limited-edition release of Parker’s Heritage Collection Heavy Char Rye Whiskey. It’s the first Kentucky straight rye whiskey in this much-sought-after series.
The 13th edition of Parker’s Heritage will ship nationally in three-bottle cases, beginning in September, at a suggested retail price of $149.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
This year’s release showcases Heaven Hill’s traditional rye whiskey mash bill, with a different aging process. Instead of aging in Level 3 charred barrels, as is customary for most Heaven Hill products, this rye whiskey aged in Level 5 charred barrels for eight years and nine months, on the seventh floor of Rickhouse Y.
Level 5 charred barrels are charred 50 seconds longer than the Level 3 barrels, the company explains. “This more intense char allows the liquid to penetrate deeper into each barrel stave, interacting further with the oak and extracting deep notes of spice and wood on the resulting flavor.”
Parker’s Heritage Collection Heavy Char Rye Whiskey is bottled at 105 proof, and is non-chill filtered.
The 2019 Parker’s Heritage will continue the brand’s goal to raise money and awareness in support of ALS research. The late Heaven Hill Master Distiller Parker Beam, for whom this popular series is named, was diagnosed with ALS in 2010. The past six editions from 2013-2018 — including the “Promise of Hope” Bourbon, the “Original Batch” Straight Wheat Whiskey, the Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey, the 24-Year-Old Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, the 11-Year-Old Single Barrel, and Orange Curaçao-finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, respectively — have raised over one million dollars toward ALS research and patient care through contributions made by Heaven Hill for each bottle purchased.
With the 2019 Heavy Char Rye Whiskey edition, Heaven Hill will contribute a portion of the proceeds from each bottle sold to the ALS Association.