Rhetoric 25 is the sixth and final installment of a series that has been around longer than some distilleries. It started in 2013 with the release of Rhetoric 20, with what parent company Diageo alleges is old stock from the Bernheim Distillery that was actually found in old Stitzel-Weller Warehouses. Needless to say, it’s a complex pedigree. But the whiskey, which was distilled between 1990 and 1993, ended up in their hands, and with a limited number of these gems at their disposal, they elected to release portions of it each year, each time with a higher age statement.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 25 Year Old Bourbon was tasted at Meeting No. 78 on March 28, 2019. Out of 5, we rated it very highly at 3.63, though we had some disagreement among member ratings. Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 25 Year Old Bourbon ranks 28th overall in Bourbon. Costing $299, this spirit is expensive, but worth it.
Elmer’s glue on the nose; roses; kiln-dried oak; sour;
Creosote nose, exceptional mouth feel: creamy silk with an oaky bite.
Flouride bubble gum nose, complete with styrofoam trays for my teeth. Smooth taste, if you like rubber. Fortunately this one is fun.
Like the pleasant smell of fresh paint. Unfortunately, it tastes a little like paint as well.
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