Bottler: Orphan Barrel (Diageo)
Score: 86 points
This 26-year-old Bourbon comes from Louisville’s original downtown Bernheim Distillery, and was “found” in the warehouses at Diageo’s long-closed Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville.
The nose is rich and aromatic with toasted oak, smoke, honey, vanilla, and soft spices. The taste is spicy with cinnamon, clove, and ginger balanced by oak, honey, vanilla, and dark chocolate. So far, so good…but the finish is where this whiskey lets me down. It’s short and dry with soft, clove, oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate. It’s a good Bourbon, but the shortness of the finish keeps it from being a great Bourbon. (February, 2014)