Note: Wheater Wednesday is a result of a massive blind wheated bourbon tasting I participated in late in 2012. All the bourbons reviewed here are publicly available.
Parker's Heritage Collection is a highly sought after annual release from the Heaven Hill distillery. This release is a 10 year old, 127.8 proof, wheated bourbon. Unfortunately, I missed on out this one when it was in stores, as I was not turned on to the Heritage Collection until 2011. This one is very popular among bourbon enthusiasts and if you see one on a shelf, you should buy it. On to the notes:
Nose: Vanilla, caramel, maple. Some bubble gum and apple notes as well.
Taste: Very similar to the nose, but also quite hot. A couple of drops of water cooled it down and brought out some corn notes.
Finish: Medium in length, with some spiciness on the back of the tongue.
The group's average score for this bourbon was 90.2, which is one of the highest average scores the group has ever recorded. I was certainly the outlier here. I think the heat turned me off, and with a small sample it is difficult to get the proof just where you like it. I've had this bourbon since, and I have found subsequent pours very, very good. I highly recommend this bourbon and wish I had a bottle or two in my bunker.
The bourbon dork also reviewed PHC 2010.