This is a 22 year bourbon from Diageo’s Orphan Barrel project. It was distilled at the old Buffalo Trace distillery in 1991 and aged partially in the Stitzel-Weller warehouses starting in 2006. It’s bottled at 45.05% ABV.
Nose: Bold, rich nose full of vanilla, fresh corn, coffee grounds, raspberries & blackberries. The oak is masked extremely well behind the fruits and fresh grain. Great nose all around.
Palate: Oak much stronger here as I expected with fresh grains, red grape skins, bananas, and a bit of cherry cough syrup.
Finish: Mostly oak with grape cough syrup now and some vanilla. Fairly short finish sadly.
Rating: 88/100 – I was pretty impressed with this overall. Not quite an oak bomb as one would expect in a 22 year bourbon, and the nose is really phenomenal.
Value for the money: These retailed for around $120 which isn’t bad for a 22 year bourbon, but I won’t buy another at that price personally.