orphan barrel whiskey

Locating the lost barrels…

by Christian Lavery

If you're a whiskey connoisseur, Orphan Barrel is a name you need to know.

Unlike most distilleries that turn to their own recipes to cook up the hard stuff, the fine people from the Tennessee-based company make it their goal to locate lost and forgotten barrels of whiskey from all over the world and share them with the masses. Serving up its first two finds this month, both have big flavor with a unique story to match.

Barterhouse, a whiskey discovered at the Stitzel-Weller facility in Lousiville, KY, was aged for 20-years and includes notes of roasted grain, charred oak, and a brown sugar finish. The second offering comes by way of the same facility, but this one was aged for 26 years. Hand bottled in Tullahoma, Old Bowhard contains exuberant, rich flavors with undertones of smoke and honey followed by a gentle finish.

Drink ‘em neat in the company of a few good dudes/dudettes, and head HERE to see how you can get your hands on a bottle of these rare whiskeys.

-words by Yung Will