Review: Parker’s Heritage Collection 24 Year Bourbon

Another great bar find during my Boston trip was Parker’s Heritage Collection 10th Edition. This is a 24 year straight bourbon that was bottled in bond. It’s the second oldest release in the series behind the supposedly excellent 27 year old 2nd edition. The mashbill for this release is 78% corn, 12% barley, and 10% rye and it was released in September of 2016. The MSRP on this is $250 though I’ve never seen it even close to that price in a store. For that much money, this stuff better be amazing, right?

Parker's Heritage Collection 24 Year Bourbon - 50.0% ABV
Category Notes
Appearance Dark Amber
Nose Toffee, candy corn, cherries, burnt caramel, Dr. Pepper, charred barrels.
Taste Sharp, attacks the tongue. Seems hotter than 50%. Oaky, corn, baking spices, vanilla, astringent wood and a lot of it. Not super balanced
Finish Tons of spice and oak. In fact, this borders on being overoaked. Length is a little shorter than expected.
Overall Thoughts I found this at a great price in a Boston bar. Like the other hyperaged bourbons (20+ years) out there, I don’t think the extra years provide that much more influence other than unnecessary oak. The bourbon sweet spot is still 10-15 years old if you ask me.
Total Score 82/100