Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 25 Year Old Bourbon
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery Bernheim
  • Age 25 Year Old
  • Style Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 45.5%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • smoky
  • fruit
  • bitter chocolate
  • cherry
  • apple
  • toasted rye
  • leather
  • oak
  • vanilla

Orphan Barrel

Rhetoric 25 Year Old Bourbon (0.7l, 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 Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery Bernheim
  • Age 25 Year Old
  • Style Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 45.5%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
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.

Finish
Long and full finish with noes of bitter chocolate and cherry blossom. 
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  • smoky
  • fruit
  • bitter chocolate
  • cherry
  • apple
  • toasted rye
  • leather
  • oak
  • vanilla
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbon was declared "The Official Spirit of America" by an Act of Congress signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Sure, Kentucky gets all the press when it comes to Bourbon. And with good reason—nearly 95% of it is produced there. But Bourbon can be made anywhere as long as it's within the United States. Just ask states with budding distilleries like Illinois and New York.
"Remember that iconic poster from World War II showing Rosie the Riveter as a patriotic American woman doing her part for the war effort? Well, hundreds of businesses did their part too, and the Bourbon distillers stepped right up with ‘em.

Distilleries all over Kentucky and Tennessee were re-tooled to distill fuel alcohol and ferment penicillin cultures to treat wounded soldiers."
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbon was declared "The Official Spirit of America" by an Act of Congress signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Sure, Kentucky gets all the press when it comes to Bourbon. And with good reason—nearly 95% of it is produced there. But Bourbon can be made anywhere as long as it's within the United States. Just ask states with budding distilleries like Illinois and New York.
"Remember that iconic poster from World War II showing Rosie the Riveter as a patriotic American woman doing her part for the war effort? Well, hundreds of businesses did their part too, and the Bourbon distillers stepped right up with ‘em.

Distilleries all over Kentucky and Tennessee were re-tooled to distill fuel alcohol and ferment penicillin cultures to treat wounded soldiers."
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