Forged Oak is the fifth release in Diageo’s prestigious The Orphan Barrel Project range, a collection of unique whiskeys “found” in the company warehouses.
The whiskey was distilled in 1997-1998 at the “New Bernheim Distillery” in Louisville (now owned by Heaven Hill Distillers), aged for 15 years in Stitzel-Weller rickhouses and bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee at 45,25% abv. Forged Oak reported mashbill includes 86% of corn, 6% rye and 8% malted barley. It is a common knowledge that Diageo sources bourbon for their Bulleit brand, how many “orphan barrels” will be found in their warehouses in the near future is everyone’s guess.
Nose: sweet, honey, vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, black cherries, strawberries, sugar-roasted almonds, licorice, delicate notes of cedar and oak.
Palate: quite oaky and spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg, touch of aniseed, leather, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate and very shy fruity notes.
Finish: pretty long, oaky and peppery, with touches of caramel and cocoa.