The Gifted Horse American Whiskey
Orphan Barrel // USA
The Gifted Horse is the latest in the Orphan Barrel project bottled by Diageo. This one is a bit of a departure from the previous ones that contained more mature whiskey. Funny story: it was originally intended to be a much younger blend of whiskey, however, the official story is a wee mishap occurred. A barrel of 17 year-old Bernheim distillery bourbon was "accidentally" mixed with younger whiskey. The final breakdown results in 38.5% Bernheim 17 year-old from when it was operated by United Distilleries, 51% 4 year-old high-rye bourbon, and 10.5% 4 year-old corn whiskey from MGP.
Other WhiskeyA spirit distilled from a mash of grain(s) at less than 95% ABV, bottled at no less than 40% ABV. The product must have characteristics, taste, and aroma generally attributed to whiskey
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"Fresh, ripe, red apple and pear notes mixed with vanilla welcome the nose. However, they are not as strong on the palate, where they get somewhat muddied up with tart apricot, lemon, cashews and salty pretzels. Spices seem somewhat on the dull side, but there is a bit of allspice, cedar and nutmeg. Since it's such high proof, water is necessary to allow the flavors to mellow out. However, with or without water, everything falls a bit flat as it heads toward the finish. "