Barrel Finished marks the 12th edition of Parker's Heritage, a limited edition edition whiskey named in honor of the late Heaven Hill master distiller Parker Beam. This is the second Parker's Heritage release made in collaboration with master blender Alain Royer who assisted Parker in the creation of Cognac Barrel Finish. Barrel Finished is made from bourbons aged for 7-8 years on the upper floors of Rickhouse Q. The bourbon was then transferred to barrels that previously held orange curaçao liqueur for four months before bottling.
n: smells nice - full of orange peel and waxed wooden furniture.
t: overly sweet and sappy - the overall candy sweetness hits like a punch. Orange candy, caramel, and dried apricot in middle. Everything is drowned out by the orange Curaçao. A dense and oily mouthfeel is the best aspect of this release. Finish is just more of the same orange sweetness and a bit of sour oak.
Just get higher proof bourbon and add a bunch of orange bitters and save yourself a lot of time + money. Was not my thing at all... [C/C+]