Personal Spirit Review: Orphan Barrel Barterhouse

No comments

Spirit Details: Orphan Barrel Barterhouse

  • Location: Tennessee
  • Style: Bourbon
  • ABV: 45.1%
  • Proof: 90.2
  • Price: $75.00
  • Bottle Date: N/A
  • Source: Developing Palates

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Appearance

The glassware of choice for the review is my trusty Glencairn whiskey glass. From this viewpoint, the Orphan Barrel Barterhouse is a spot on amber color.

Aroma

The nose is dessert on an oak plate. An abundance of vanilla, caramel, cream and oak. The oak although present, to my surprise, isn’t dominating the 20 year aged whiskey.

Flavor

The nose and palate are two entirely different tales. On the palate, the first and foremost recognizable note is oak. However, the oak is not overbearing. Reaching a bit deeper, vanilla, kitchen baking spices and caramel follows.

Balance

Probably the best remark I can give about this whiskey is its balance. For a 20 year bourbon, the proof is just right to not make it too oak forward, and still have traditional sweeter bourbon notes.

Finish

The oak is most prevalent within the finish (as compared to nose and palate). As expected from a 20 year aged bourbon, the oak is an aged dry oak as compared to a younger fresh cut oak.

Overall

The Orphan Barrel Barterhouse is not the best and certainly not the worst of bourbons on the market. What is most intriguing is the uniqueness of having a 20 year aged bourbon at a fair price of $75. So high praise for the rarer opportunity, but right dab in the middle in terms of the overall flavor profile.

Jiunn
AppearanceGood
AromaGood
FlavorAverage
BalanceVery Good
FinishAverage
OverallAverage

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.58

Cost/Point

$13.43

Scoring System

Personal Spirit Review: Orphan Barrel Barterhouse
Jiunn LiuPersonal Spirit Review: Orphan Barrel Barterhouse

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.