Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 25 Year Old Bourbon

Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 25 Year Old Bourbon

(0.75l, 45.5%)


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The last Rhetoric Orphan Barrel!

Orphan Barrel Whiskey distillery has a special mission: finding the rarest, the most exclusive and the ritziest barrels of Whiskey possible, scouring the backs of warehouses and distilleries for lost and forgotten stories. Such treasures are hand-bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee, and handled with care. The thing is, once they're gone, they're gone eternally. The Rhetoric line of progressively aged Bourbons brings older, more opulent and limited expression each year.

In 2018, Diageo released the last Rhetoric installment, a high-class and almost forgotten expression found in old Stitzel-Weller warehouses while the Bourbon was actually made at Bernheim Distillery quarter of a century ago, somewhere between 1990 and 1993 - you know, when everything was more colorful, and movies were superhero-free. Why is this expression the last one? Because Bourbon stops peaking around that age as the tannins begin to dominate the character. The final Rhetoric is being bottled at 91 proof and the mash bill is 86% corn, 8% barley, and 6% rye. Quite low-rye Bourbon, but still exciting and extremely oak-forward. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    Bernheim Distillery
  • Age
    25 Year Old

Flavor Spiral™

About The Flavor Spiral

bitter chocolate
toasted rye
What does Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 25 Year Old Bourbon taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 25 Year Old Bourbon and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
Dog Dogson
Dog Dogson's
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland and some other parts of the world distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and USA they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Dark amber.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Oaky, smoky and leathery on the nose with notes of ripe apples.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Smoke vanilla oak flavors accompanied by toasted rye and dried fruits.

Long and full finish with noes of bitter chocolate and cherry blossom. 
Ratings & Reviews
I think 24yo is a touch better, but this is really good.
Wow. This Bourbon runs the whole gammet of senses. When I first pulled the cork, almost immediatly could smell that sweet, spicey bourbon. Poured it into a glass and loved the deep, dark amber color. First taste was caramel, vanilla and a hint of oak. As it worked it's way towards the back of my toungue I tasted the deep charred oak. The finish was long with a nice mixture between sweet and spice. Warmed the tummy! Great, Great bourbon. A little spendy, but glad I paid for admission.
Smooth as honey
Extraordinary. Smooth as silk, oaky, proper hit of pepper, beautiful fruit finish of apple. An exceptional bourbon that leaves one wondering what could be better.
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