Orphan Barrel Forged Oak Review

This is a 15 year expression from Diageo’s Orphan Barrel series. This particular expression was distilled at Heaven Hill, and it’s bottled at 45% ABV.

Nose: Very sweet at first with big waves of french vanilla, before some polyurethane arises alongside cinnamon sticks, musty cardboard, pepper, and a hint of rye bread.

Palate: Oak heavy with burnt vanilla – oak reminds me heavily of chewing on a pencil for some reason. Peppery and muddled all around.

Finish: Dries out and turns tart and woody as all the sweet notes fade quickly.

Rating: 80/100 – My least favorite of the Orphan Barrel series to date. Typically I find them fairly good, but this one is missing cohesion.

Value for the money: These retail around $65, and I’d pass based on quality.

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