Rhetoric 24 Year Bourbon
Rhetoric // Kentucky (bottled in Tennessee), USA
Rhetoric falls under the The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co. portfolio, a brand owned by Diageo. Released annually beginning in 2014, this marks the 5th edition of Rhetoric. Each year of its release, the whiskey is older and of slightly higher proof. Distilled in Kentucky at the new Bernheim Distillery, it was made from a mash bill of 86% corn, 8% barley, and 6% rye. After 24 years of maturation, it was bottled at 90.8 proof.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"The nose reels you in with enticing sweetness, wafts of vanilla pudding and crème brûlée upfront with background notes of leather and wet soil earthiness, oak, and spice. The palate begins deceptively soft before opening up in a big way, with vanilla, cedar, cinnamon and cloves, and also bits of licorice and spearmint. The finish is bold, with heat giving way to astringency, and lasting notes of rich caramel sweetness and tingly black pepper."