Rhetoric 21 Year Bourbon

Bourbon

Rhetoric // Kentucky, USA

  • Cost

  • Distiller Score

    90
  • Avg. Rating

    3.98
    3 out of 5 stars
    ( 104 )

The second Rhetoric release from Orphan Barrel is the 21 year old expression. Four more years of the annual release are planned, topping off with a 25 year old in 2019. The plan is to see how the overall stock allotted they have allotted for the Rhetoric series changes from release to release, and whether maturity and age statement peak together or separately.

  • age
    21 Year
  • abv
    45.1
  • Bourbon
    Produced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
  • Cask Type
    new, charred American oak

Tasting Notes

"A befittingly musty nose considering the age, with notes of cloves and allspice. The palate is dry and oaky, with a very soft mouthfeel offering leather, more spice, and a touch of black pepper and smoke. Finish is moderate in length, smooth and entirely without heat, with sweet notes of brown sugar, vanilla and custard finally making an appearance. A quite good dram but a bit soft and one note to be considered truly excellent, perhaps teetering on the boundaries of over-aged."

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Flavor Profile

Spicy & Full Bodied