Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24 Year Old Bourbon

Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24 Year Old Bourbon

(0.75l, 45.3%)

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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 It was originally made at the historic Bernheim Distillery in Louisville and left to mature slowly for two dozen years.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
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    Bernheim Distillery
  • Age

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What does Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24 Year Old Bourbon taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors 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.

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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.

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.

Warm and sweet finish of nutmeg and caramel. 
Ratings & Reviews
Nector of the Gods!!! Stands up against any of the comparably aged offerings and is truly exceptional. Liked it better at its retail price but still awesome if you can find it and 3-4x.
Not as great a flavor profile as the 23 year old IMHO. A little bit hotter and more spice.
Pricey , but good
Was gifted this fancy bottle for a birthday. Had very high hopes given the price but it runs a bit hot for my liking.
Solid. Pricey, but solid.
Best bourbon I’ve ever tasted. I like the smell equally so!
It’s good but Too old. So much wood
Really smooth and sweet. Not too much oak even though 24 years. More of an after dinner drink than a classic bourbon.
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.
Wonderful bourbon. Leathery with cinnamon and oak. Rich and complex.
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