Parker’s Heritage Collection is a series of rare, limited-edition American Whiskeys, a tribute to sixth-generation Master Distiller Parker Beam. Parker has been practicing his family’s craft of distilling, aging and selecting some of the world’s most critically-acclaimed Bourbons and American Whiskeys since joining Heaven Hill Distilleries in 1960.
Parker Beam, was the brother of James Beauregard Beam, better known as “Jim” Beam. Parker’s father Earl was the first to apply his trade at Heaven Hill. From him, Parker learned how to make great American whiskey. Earl turned the daily operations over to Parker in 1975 making him the sixth-generation Beam to earn the title of Master Distiller.
“My role is to guide a carefully-refined process that Heaven Hill has used for generations – everything from how the stills are sued to relying on our own straining of natural yeast. Knowing which ‘honey’ barrels to select and when the whiskey has matured to our standards ensures one-of-a-kind taste and quality.” – Parker Beam
Parker’s Heritage Collection is critically acclaimed (with good reason). Awards to date include:
- “Top Ten New Whiskies of the Year and North American Whiskey of the Year” – From Whiskey Advocate
- “Best of Show-Brown Spirits and Double Gold Medal” – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- “World’s Best New Release and World’s Best North American Whiskey” – From Whiskey Magazine World Whiskies Awards
Parker was awarded the Whiskey Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. He is a charter member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame. Today, Parker’s son Craig works alongside his father much like Parker did years ago. Heaven Hill Distilleries’ tradition of excellence continues.