Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company has announced its eighth release — Rhetoric 22 Year Old — the third in the Rhetoric series of progressively aged whiskeys.

Rhetoric stocks were found in the old Stitzel-Weller Warehouses in Louisville, Ky. The whiskey was distilled between 1990–1993 at the Bernheim Distillery, historically located at 17th and Breckenridge in Louisville, Ky., while owned and operated by United Distillers. The whiskey is hand-bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Rhetoric 22-Year-Old is 86% corn, 8% barley and 6% rye.

Beginning with hints of toasted grains, cherries and oak wood, Rhetoric 22-Year-Old tastes of toasted oak, dark chocolate with ripe banana and baking spices of clove and anise, the company says. The finish is long and woody, ending with dark chocolate notes.

Rhetoric 22-Year-Old is 90.4 proof, 45.2% (ABV), and retails for a suggested price of $110 per 750-ml. bottle.


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