Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: It’s certainly not a bad bourbon, in that it isn’t littered with acrid or bad flavors, but it’s not as balanced as I would like for a bourbon of its age and price, and it’s not very complex in the least.
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Orphan Barrel Barterhouse is an extra aged bourbon whiskey released as part of the Orphan Barrel line of expressions.
Faint, mellow and not very robust. Malty, grainy and caramel heavy. Subdued leather, clove and mild brown sugar. Mild woody char.
Bananas? doughy, thin, astringent and mildly hot. Molasses, clove, leather, and brown sugar.
Medium but shortest of the three. Hot and punchy which was really a surprise,
You can tell by my lack of detail that I'm not horribly thrilled. For an old, expensive product this was nothing greater than an average dram. As a result of this, Barterhouse also gathers a 5 rating. It's not bad, but it's also not excellent.
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