In the late 2013 Diageo announced The Orphan Barrel Whisky Project, a collection of different whiskeys “miraculously found” in the company warehouses.
The forerunner of the series was Barterhouse 20 years old, the second installment Old Blowhard 26 years old followed in March 2014. The whiskey was distilled in the original Bernheim Distillery in Louisville from mash composed of 86% corn, 6% rye and 8% malted barley (just like the original formula of I.W. Harper Bourbon) and aged in Diageo owned Stitzel-Weller Distillery for over a quarter of a century. All whiskey included in The Orphan Barrel Project are bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Old Blowhard 26 years old is an extraordinary offering, “a must” for every serious bourbon collector.
Nose: strong oaky notes, leather, dark chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar, prunes and dried cherries, nutmeg, cinnamon and dash of black pepper.
Palate: lots of oak, burnt toast, caramel, dark chocolate, raisins, prunes, bitter orange marmalade, nutmeg, pepper and hints of dried herbs.
Finish: pretty long, oaky, with notes herbal spice, caramel, dried dark fruit and pepper.