45.1% alcohol/Vol 90.2 Proof, Aged 20 Years
I’ve never had an orphan barrel before, so I’m very excited to pop the cork on this first one. I instantly love the bottle; the shape and the 20-year age statement jump right out at me. It’s a pretty foxy bottle, wink-wink. Being a sourced bourbon isn’t always ideal, but if you’re going to source it you might as well get the orphan barrels from the old Stitzel-Weller distillery. I have friends who swear by the orphan barrels as if they were gospel, so it’s about time I get baptized.
The nose is lovely except for a faint scent of varnish. The bouquet is that of butterscotch, caramel, lots of wood, and some cherries and a touch of vanilla.
The color is a golden brown very similar to a great stained wood floor (maybe that’s how I got a little varnish in my nose).
The taste seems to follow directly from the nose with oak, butterscotch, cherry and vanilla flavors. It has a thick mouth feel with a little dryness. After letting my glass breathe a little more, I found a pretty unique clove flavor with a whisper of rye and baking spice. The finish is long and really holds in your cheeks like a secret. The finish is a lovely mix of oak, leather, caramel and vanilla making this glass really easy to drink. I can definitely see why these bottles are so popular, it’s a wonderfully aged product at a great price.