Review #728 – Orphan Barrel: Forged Oak

Review #728 | /r/Bourbon Review #409 – Orphan Barrel: Forged Oak

The Schtick: This was sent to me as a blind mystery and it was sampled live in the Whiskey Network Discord where I also got the reveal. I have filled in the relevant info here for convenience.


Distiller: ???

Bottler: Orphan Barrel (Diageo)

ABV: 15 Years

Age: 45.25% ABV

Source: Sample


Nose: Molasses, clove, maple, allspice. Vanilla, toffee, oak. Quintessential bourbon notes, a bit corn forward.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel, no real heat. Fruity, lots of clove and pepper. Allspice, maple, vanilla and tobacco.

Finish: Short to medium in length, fruity orange, caramel and toffee.

Overall: This was interesting, as it didn’t really stand out in too many ways other than being a very bourbon-y bourbon. I’m guessing that it is a bourbon that is 8-11 years in age, with an ABV of 45% -50%. It is not Beam distillate, nor is it Buffalo Trace distillate. Perhaps Heaven Hill. I’m going to give it a 5/10 – solid.

Reveal: Orphan Barrel: Forged Oak. Wow. Interesting reveal. Super cool to do given the general bias against Orphan Barrel releases. Fairly solid overall.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


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