Orphan Barrel Barterhouse 20


Diageo found themselves with a glut of super aged stock from other distilleries, which they continue to age in the old Stitzel-Weller Distillery. They place them in very nice looking bottles with these great age statements at prices most enthusiasts wouldn’t scoff at. But more often than not it’s a crapshoot whether or not a release is any good.

Price: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill / Diageo

Region: Kentucky

45.1% ABV

Aged For: 20 Years

Mashbill: 86% corn, 8% malted barley, 6% rye

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Yes



Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Almond, nutmeg, rye, cinnamon, oak, and caramel.

Taste: Slightly watery, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and barrel char.

Finish: Good warmth, cinnamon, clove, tobacco and medium length.

Thoughts: A decent nose and finish, this one takes a dip in quality on the palate. It hasn’t been over oaked yet for my preferences, but isn’t better than many bourbons 8 years its junior.

Score: 82 out of 100

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