Orphan Barrel "Barterhouse" 20 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (750ml, ships as 1.5L)
This is from a series of old and rare limited-edition whiskies released by Diageo from their Stitzel-Weller warehouses. It's silky and surprisingly gentle for a 20-year-old whiskey, with notes of creamy caramel, brown sugar and touches of tropical fruit and allspice. It finishes remarkably long, with gentle vanilla sweetness.
Surprisingly lacking in oak intensity, given its age. Very creamy and soothingly sweet, with notes of honeyed vanilla, crème brûlée, sultana, orange creamsicle, peach cobbler, and a subtle array of tropical fruit. Soft and mellow on the finish. It’s very easy-drinking and should be enjoyable under most moods and circumstances. (JH)
The mysterious 20-year-old expression arrives! The Old Barterhouse is the most talked about American whiskey of 2014, and it's got the gusto to back up the hype. The rich, spicy, and full-bodied palate bursts with sweet vanilla and creamy corn, showcasing the richness that only 20 years in a new charred barrel can offer. This is as close as you'll get to Pappy 20 in today's market, and it's about $40 less per bottle. Consider yourself lucky if you manage to get one.