Parker’s Heritage is always a nice treat to find on your local liquor store shelf so I was excited to pick up this bottle of bourbon finished in orange curaçao barrels. The blender takes 7 to 8 year old bourbon and finishes them for 4 months in barrels that previously held French orange curaçao liquor. It is a very interesting flavor but a touch too sweet for my preference; it does makes an excellent manhattan though.
The nose has the orange punch from the barrels, although it is a little burnt. The taste is sweet and fruity with a balance of wood notes. The finish is smooth to start but ends a little abruptly with some astringent booze.
All-in-all a fun pour. If you like the orange notes check out a review of Willet’s version, a 7 year rye finished in orange curaçao barrels.