Score: 94 points
For his annual namesake whiskey from Heaven Hill, Parker Beam blended casks of rye and wheat-based bourbons. The nose is aromatic and spicy, but not overpowering. Vanilla, cinnamon, honey, and nutmeg notes dominate, but with a slightly muted feel. Dark chocolate comes out after a couple of minutes in the glass. The taste is peppery, intense, and powerful with cayenne and black pepper dominating at first, then fading to a nice warmness with hints of vanilla, maple syrup, and honey. The finish is clean and smooth with lingering soft spiciness and hints of honey. A few drops of water will amp up the intensity overall. Outstanding!