Country: USA
Region: Kentucky
Type: Bourbon
Bottler: Orphan Barrel Bottling Co. (Diageo)
ABV: 45.1%
Score: 86 points

Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21. Image courtesy Diageo. This Bourbon comes from the same stocks as the Rhetoric 20 released in 2014, originally distilled at the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville and matured in the warehouses at the old Stitzel-Weller Distillery nearby.

The nose is oaky with notes of burnt popcorn, pipe tobacco, vanilla, and fudge. The taste is also oaky with pipe tobacco, and a note of leather at first that’s followed by a spicy burst of black pepper with hints of honey and fudge underneath. The finish is long, oaky, and ashy. In my opinion, perhaps a bit too long in the barrel judging from the oakiness. (August, 2015)