Rhetoric is a year older. The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company – we’ll save the tongue twister and go with “Diageo” – has released Rhetoric 21-Year-Old. Noted as “an experiment in maturation,” Rhetoric is slated to be re-released annually, allowing for side-by-side comparisons, with progressive aging expected to continue through the release of Rhetoric 25-Year-Old in 2019.
Aged in charred American oak barrels for one year longer than last year’s 20-Year-Old release, the base Rhetoric liquid remains unchanged. Rhetoric 21-Year-Old follows five previous Orphan Barrel bourbons: Barterhouse (20-Year-Old), Old Blowhard (26-Year-Old), Rhetoric (20-Year-Old), Lost Prophet (22-Year-Old) and Forged Oak (15-Year-Old).
Like last year’s release, Rhetoric stocks are pulled from warehouses at the Stitzel-Weller facility in Louisville, Ky., which were distilled in both the New and Old Bernheim distilleries in Louisville. The whiskey is aged and hand bottled in Tullahoma, Tenn.
“The progressive aging experiment we’re employing with the Rhetoric series is incredibly unique,” said
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