The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Company was started to share barrels of rare and delicious whiskey, hidden away and nearly forgotten in the back of rickhouses and distilleries. Stories of these lost whiskeys have become the stuff of legend. Our goal is to bottle these rare, small offerings for the world to try. Every Orphan Barrel is hand bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee, to ensure that these rare whiskeys are treated with the care they deserve – because some of them will only be available once. And once they‚Äôre gone, they‚Äôre gone forever.
Whisky Advocate 91 points – Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 25yr has a platform of caramel sweetness that comes draped in lovely oak spice with dried flower potpourri-like rose petals and an old-lady‚Äôs perfume-along with horehound, cedary oak, and iced tea. The palate veers toward dried fruits-apple rings and dates-with bitter orange peel and a beam of spice that turns peppery on the long finish of tobacco and cedar. The overall impression is lithe, upright, and stately.