Orphan Barrel The Gifted Horse Review

This is a newer expression from Diageo’s Orphan Barrel series that is sadly another “Oops all berries!” marketing style expression. It’s a blend of 51% four year MGP bourbon, 10.5% four year MGP corn whisky, and 38.5% seventeen year Heaven Hill bourbon. It’s bottled at 57.5% ABV.

Nose: Loads of cinnamon spices and apples/bananas with burnt oak and cookie dough. In a way, reminds me of older WT noses without the rye.

Palate: Vanilla with heavy fresh corn notes, strong oak, and a lot of spice. Comes off quite hot and a bit unbalanced.

Finish: Turns oddly bitter and astringent before disappearing in a flash.

Rating: 79/100 – My least favorite Orphan Barrel to date. The nose was quite nice actually, but it was all downhill from there. Maybe they should’ve accidentally discarded all these accidentally mixed barrels.

Value for the money: I think this retails around $50 which is an easy pass as pretty much anything else you buy at that price will be better.

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