Review #181. Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21yr

Whiskey Network Review #181 | /r/Bourbon Review #99: Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21yr

Bottler: Diageo (Orphan Barrel Collection)

ABV: 45.1% ABV

Age: 21 Years

Source: Sample

Color: Maple

Nose: Oaky Caramel, woody dusty clove. Molasses and light doughy fudge.

Taste: Thick and oily mouth feel, caramel and oak. Mild heat for the age with a nice nutty molasses note.

Finish: Medium length and with mild heat. Lots of soft, oaky caramel.

Overall: I had very serious concerns that this would be over oaked and I was surprised. It’s good, and I like it a lot, but it’s not phenomenal and I wouldn’t pay $130 for it, period. For that I’m giving this dram a 6. I’ll have a more in depth explanation at the conclusion.

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Rank: 6


1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect

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