I mentioned yesterday that I was going to taste the new offerings by the Orphan Barrel Co. Well, I did taste, saw and conquered the two samples they had for us. And they were some of the best bourbons I’ve ever tasted.
Orphan Barrel Co. finds long forgotten barrels of bourbon/whiskey in warehouses from all over the world. They then bottle them and sell them for a limited time — until all the barrel is gone, basically. Sometimes they know exactly what distillery the bourbon is from, but most of the time, it’s just a matter of speculation.
My favorite of the night was the Barterhouse, a 20-year-old bourbon that was found in the old Stitzel-Weller Warehouse in Louisville. It’s 90.2 proof and will set you back $75 if you want to buy a bottle for your collection. It tasted so smooth and did not have a bite — it was like chewing a piece of caramel followed by a toasted marshmallow. The other bourbon we tasted was the Old Blowhard, a 26-year-old bourbon which was sourced from Louisville — but that’s all they know. It was a lot stronger and tastier than the Barterhouse, but I still enjoyed the Barterhouse much better. The Old Blowhard is 90.7 proof and costs about $150.
These are definitely pricey bourbons, but they’re extremely rare, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. They should be on store shelves beginning next week. If anyone would like to chip in for the Barterhouse, we can have one hell of a party!