Review #182. Orphan Barrel Gifted Horse

Whiskey Network Review #182 | /r/Bourbon Review #100: Orphan Barrel Gifted Horse

*Gifted horse is a higher proof bourbon. Made up of 38.5% 17yr, 51% 10yr and 10.5% 4yr bourbon. That’s about it.**


Distiller: ???

Bottler: Diageo

ABV: 57.5% ABV

Age: NAS (Blend of Products)

Source: Sample


Nose: Less oak but more caramel. More ethanol and younger grain notes but overall not offensive. Maltier and sweeter, little more molasses, caramel and butterscotch driven.

Taste: Thin and woody caramel. Mouthfeel and taste alone, I would peg this as a 45% ABV dram and not a 57.5. Dangerously easy drinking. Mild astringency, clove and a good deal more caramel and butterscotch.

Finish: Medium but shorter than Rhetoric. Mildly astringent and way sweeter but not bad at all.

Overall: I’ve heard a lot about Gifted Horse but not a lot involving Gifted Horse. Aka, I’ve heard about it but nothing involving how good it is or what’s in the bottle. It’s good but to me, other than the mellow mouthfeel and high ABV, there is nothing super notable about this dram. As a result, I give this dram a rating of 5.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


Decoded:

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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