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Orphan Barrel Gifted Horse

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  • Distiller:

    Various

  • Bottler:

    Orphan Barrel

  • ABV:

    57.5%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is medium-length and mouthwatering with touches of citrus and a hint of spice.
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  • Raided Score: 72
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: There is one thing I can confidently award Gifted Horse: Worst Orphan Barrel release yet.
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  • Raided Score: 79
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Orphan Barrel Gifted Horse is a terrible value no matter how you slice it. You’re basically paying for a bunch of young bounden and corn whiskey mixed with some over-oaked bourbon.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Impressive beginning of fruits, roasted nuts, citrus, vanilla, cherry, spice, and undercooked cornbread, followed by a quick caramel burst. Tasty, even better with a splash of water.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Overall the finish falls a little flat. However, the fruitiness is a refreshing change, and plays well with the mature bourbon influences, like a scrappy kid with a trusty older sidekick.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The finish finally evokes some caramel corn notes, but these are gentle and integrate well into the spirit as a whole. Old and new come together awfully well here, it turns out. Gifted horse indeed.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Modern Thirst
  • Excerpt: I hate to say it, but it’s possible that the bottling at 115 proof was a mistake, as at closer to 90-95 proof, this drinks pretty well. That’s not to say it’s not oaky. It’s still an oak bomb, but not overly so.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: The palate follows through with bold fruitcake-like flavor, lots of molasses, caramel, orange peel and clove, finishing long. But the proof is so high, even with plenty of dilution it's still quite fiery and challenging to sip.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: It's good but to me, other than the mellow mouthfeel and high ABV, there is nothing super notable about this dram.
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  • Nose:

    Less oak but more caramel. More ethanol and younger grain notes but overall not offensive. Maltier and sweeter, little more molasses, caramel and butterscotch driven.

  • Taste:

    Thin and woody caramel. Mouthfeel and taste alone, I would peg this as a 45% ABV dram and not a 57.5. Dangerously easy drinking. Mild astringency, clove and a good deal more caramel and butterscotch.

  • Finish:

    Medium but shorter than Rhetoric. Mildly astringent and way sweeter but not bad at all.

  • Overall:

    I've heard a lot about Gifted Horse but not a lot involving Gifted Horse. Aka, I've heard about it but nothing involving how good it is or what's in the bottle. It's good but to me, other than the mellow mouthfeel and high ABV, there is nothing super notable about this dram. As a result, I give this dram a rating of 5.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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