Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24 Year Old Bourbon

Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24 Year Old Bourbon

(0.75l, 45.3%)


8.6/10
Price:
$388.99
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Lavish and opulent: one of the best Bourbons ever.

Orphan Barrel Whiskey distillery has a special mission: finding the rarest, the most exclusive and the most ritzy barrels of Whiskey around. They then lock the Spirits into their bottles and offer limited-edition first-class potions for us to lose our collective minds. It's a Diageo endeavor and they found some fantastic ultra-fancy Whiskeys in the last few years.

One of the treasures hidden away in an old Stitzel-Weller warehouse was also this Orphan Barrell they named Rhetoric 24YO Bourbon. It was originally made at the historic Bernheim Distillery in Louisville and left to mature slowly for two dozen years. Now, it's the flagship of the series, a beautiful old-school mash bill heavy on corn with only tiny amounts of barley and rye - just for flavor. The flamboyant old aristocrat shines on the palate. It explodes and with its heat, it brings lavish and long-lasting flavors of sweet vanilla and spicy cinnamon.

Our verdict? Quite possibly one of the best Bourbons ever made!
  • Category
  • Style
    Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    45.3%
  • Distillery
    Bernheim Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

Flavour Spiral™

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cinnamon
fruit
brown sugar
anise
honey
chocolate
nutmeg
sweet vanilla
oak
What does Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24 Year Old Bourbon taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24 Year Old Bourbon and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Corner
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle does not bear an age it is at least 4 years old.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Oak brown.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Aromas of oak and vanilla on the nose, followed by caressing brown sugar, chocolate and leather.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Flavors of orchard fruits, oak, vanilla and anise, with subtle notes of spicy cinnamon and honey shine on the palate.

Finish
Warm and sweet finish of nutmeg and caramel. 
Ratings & Reviews
Christopher
Christopher,
For those unaware, this is the fifth iteration of the Orphan Barrel Rhetoric series. As far as we are aware, each whiskey comes from the same provenance, and the different age expressions allow one to travel through the oak maturation process. On to the whiskey: Before Water Nose: Candied cherries. Some other dried berries underneath. Blueberry honey. A bit of leather, wafting up from below. As it opens up a bit more, citrus peel. Smells like orange peel to my nose. Vanilla. Lots of vanilla at the end. Palate: Oak. Lots of oak. Leather/tannins coming through strongly. The dried cherry on the nose gives way to dried cherries on the palate, underneath the oak and leather. Further along, a bit of sourness and bitterness pierces through. Not unpleasant, mind you, but noticable. After Water (1/2 teaspoon): Nose: Less of the candied cherries and dried fruit, more citrus peel. The honey and vanilla come on more strongly. A small hint of the leather from new shoes. Palate (after 1/2 teaspoon water): Still oak. Still leather. After the water, the oak and leather drown out a lot of the more subtle flavors, which I find unusual, as usually the opposite happens. After a while, the vanilla starts coming through. All in all, a very barrel-influenced bourbon, which is not surprising given its age. Rating: 6 stars. This rating’s wholly a function of Flaviar’s price for this bottle. At around $165, which is what I paid for it, it goes up to an 8. Still, this bottle is not as good as the 23 year. The oak influence is becoming a bit too heavy and is drowning out the high-quality spirit. Still, if you find a good price, worth a buy.
 
Troy
Troy,
Wonderful bourbon. Leathery with cinnamon and oak. Rich and complex.
 
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