ORPHAN BARREL Reviews

All Orphan Barrel Reviews

Average rating: 8.7/10 (115 votes)

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Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Jeff,
This review is for BARTERHOUSE, not Rhetoric. A pure 10, nearly orgasmic experience. If you find it, buy it, savor it, enjoy it.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 23 Year Old Bourbon
Adam,
My ideal whiskey. Perfect.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 25 Year Old Bourbon
Steve,
I think 24yo is a touch better, but this is really good.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 25 Year Old Bourbon
Bret,
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.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 25 Year Old Bourbon
guest,
Smooth as honey
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 23 Year Old Bourbon
Christopher,
Excellent!
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24 Year Old Bourbon
Steve,
Solid. Pricey, but solid.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24 Year Old Bourbon
Joe,
Best bourbon I’ve ever tasted. I like the smell equally so!
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Chris,
Butterscotch for days!
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24 Year Old Bourbon
Mike,
It’s good but Too old. So much wood
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 25 Year Old Bourbon
Christina,
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.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24 Year Old Bourbon
Dave,
Really smooth and sweet. Not too much oak even though 24 years. More of an after dinner drink than a classic bourbon.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24 Year Old Bourbon
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.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Christopher,
All of the Orphan Barrels are just awesome!
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24 Year Old Bourbon
Troy,
Wonderful bourbon. Leathery with cinnamon and oak. Rich and complex.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 21 Year Old
Brian,
Caramel / oak or an earthy taste. Very smooth
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Will,
The 24yr is my favorite bourbon! I'm a sucker for the sweetness you get from the high corn content. Lots of almond extract and cherry on palate, a nice long finish for something of its age. Despite the high price I think its worth it.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Nick,
Best bourbon I’ve ever had. The 23 year is my favorite but can’t go wrong with any of the releases. I’d let the 24 breathe a little but can’t beat the smoothness, sweet pecan nose and beautiful vanillas on the backside
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 21 Year Old
Christopher,
Excellent!!!
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Jim,
This is a tough one. The flavors tend to change over time and especially bottle to bottle. A bit overpriced, but good.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Ryan,
Pretty good, but for the price, I actually like Forged Oak better.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Andy,
Love this!
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Sam,
Too old for my liking. Dry and strong leather flavor
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Mr.,
Excellent Bourbon, worth the price. Tremendous balance and complexity and great on the nose.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Anthony,
Nice finish. Strong hints of caramel and vanilla.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Bobby,
Great bourbon, worth the price, hard to find, looking forward to trying the rest of the Rhetoric family.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Jason,
Love it! Great caramel notes goes down smooth with a nice burn
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Dustin,
Best I have ever had. I currently have the 23 year. Absolutely amazing.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Behnam,
The more I drink it the more I love it. Nice vanilla finish and a steal at the price.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Andrew,
Apples and booze on the nose (which was surprising given the ABV). Smooth, light mouth feel. Clove, allspice on the palate. Easy finish.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
guest,
Oak! Very good sweet vanilla daily sipper (if secondary market value wasn't so high)
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Bourbon 22 Year Old
Kevin's,
Very smooth with hints of vanilla.