Rhetoric 21 Year Bourbon
Rhetoric // Kentucky, USA
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.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"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."