Promise of Hope Background
Promise of Hope is Heaven Hill’s latest special release in the Parker’s Heritage Collection. The series is usually a little unique, but for its 7th Edition in 2013 we have a regular single barrel Bourbon. The series is named after Parker Beam, who has been at Heaven Hill for over 50 years. The release comes from 100 barrels from Parker’s preferred EE warehouse. This bottle represents Parker’s ideal expression of 10 year old Bourbon. Recently Parker Beam was diagnosed with ALS. The Promise of Hope release includes a $20 donation to a fund through the ALS Association
10 Years old. Bottled at 48%. Mash of 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% barley. Paid $99
Caramel, rich sweetness. Vanilla, some toffee and char. A little fruity. Smells pretty great.
Nice richness. Char flavors along roasted coffee. Burnt sugars with caramel and nice vanilla. Sweetness and pleasant oak profile. Minty. Nice complexity with flavors and well put together.
Promise of Hope is a great example of a standard Bourbon. Lots of complexity and interesting things going on here with roasted flavors, balanced sweetness, and a little rye coming through. Promise of Hope is an interesting Bourbon to review. I really like this Bourbon, but similarities to other Heaven Hill Bourbons are apparent. Evan Williams Single Barrel and Henry McKenna Single Barrel stand up well to Promise of Hope. Both those bottles are also 10 years old and are great values and about 1/3 the cost. In a bubble, I would give Promise of Hope a very high rating, but I feel I can get pretty close to this profile with Evan Williams Single Barrel and Henry McKenna Single Barrel. If money was no object, I’d probably buy as much Promise of Hope as I could find, but since that’s not the case, I’ll be pretty happy with those two other Heaven Hill offerings. If you find a bottle out there, I think it’s worth picking up to check it out. If you enjoy those two Heaven Hill offerings, then I would think you would really like Promise of Hope. I really like it and if I find another bottle, I’ll probably grab it. If, however, you’re watching your booze budget and/or don’t feel like hunting for special bottles, one of those two other Heaven Hill products are great options.
Buy Again – 4.0 out of 5.0 (My 5 point scale: Pass, Try a Glass, Buy a Bottle, Buy Again, Shut Up and Take My Money – Bottle price is taken into consideration for recommendations.)
Buying Options and Further Research
The mentioned McKenna Single Barrel and Evan Williams Single Barrel is the best here for alternatives. This is a special release, so it’s not easy or fair to compare it with others since Promise of Hope doesn’t have many peers.