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Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21yr

  • Distiller:


  • Bottler:

    Orphan Barrel

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  • Age:

    21 Years

  • Price:
  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: I fear bottling this whiskey annually, one year older, is going in the wrong direction.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long, oaky, and ashy. In my opinion, perhaps a bit too long in the barrel judging from the oakiness.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: The Rhetoric 21 Year Old is light and isn’t overpowered by the presence of oak, but there is more oak than the 20-year-old. It’s complex, but it drinks well.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: A quite good dram but a bit soft and one note to be considered truly excellent, perhaps teetering on the boundaries of over-aged.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: I enjoyed Rhetoric 20 but have to say that Rhetoric 21 is an incremental and quite delightful improvement — and a considerably different experience. Now in very limited release.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Medium length and with mild heat. Lots of soft, oaky caramel.
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  • Nose:

    Oaky Caramel, woody dusty clove. Molasses and light doughy fudge.

  • Taste:

    Thick and oily mouth feel, caramel and oak. Mild heat for the age with a nice nutty molasses note.

  • Finish:

    Medium length and with mild heat. Lots of soft, oaky caramel.

  • Overall:

    I had very serious concerns that this would be over oaked and I was surprised. It's good, and I like it a lot, but it's not phenomenal and I wouldn't pay $130 for it, period. For that I'm giving this dram a 6. I'll have a more in depth explanation at the conclusion.

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