Orphan Barrel Barterhouse 20yr Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Orphan Barrel Barterhouse 20yr

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  • Distiller:

    Undisclosed

  • Bottler:

    Orphan Barrel

  • ABV:

    45.1%

  • Age:

    20 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: This would be a nice bottle to have on the bar and bring out when your whiskey friends come over. I don’t like that the story behind the bourbon is so vague and has so many unknowns.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • 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.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Very easygoing and inoffensive, it would be a great starter bourbon for the uninitiated and those with ample money to spend.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Modern Thirst
  • 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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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: For an old, expensive product this was nothing greater than an average dram.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: All the BS marketing aside I really do enjoy the Orphan Barrel Barterhouse and if you think about it, it’s not a shabby deal. $90 for 20 year old bourbon?
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: It’s very easy-drinking and should be enjoyable under most moods and circumstances
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: It’s an interesting first release in Diageo’s Orphan Barrel brand that makes me curious what else they have in store.
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  • Intro:

    Orphan Barrel Barterhouse is an extra aged bourbon whiskey released as part of the Orphan Barrel line of expressions.

  • Nose:

    Faint, mellow and not very robust. Malty, grainy and caramel heavy. Subdued leather, clove and mild brown sugar. Mild woody char.

  • Taste:

    Bananas? doughy, thin, astringent and mildly hot. Molasses, clove, leather, and brown sugar.

  • Finish:

    Medium but shortest of the three. Hot and punchy which was really a surprise,

  • Overall:

    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.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
  • Our in house critic rates spirits on a scale of 0-10 (10 best) and is aggregated the same as external sources
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