Review: The Gifted Horse American Whiskey (Orphan Barrel) / by Jason Hambrey

New Charred Oak
Distiller N/A (Indiana & Kentucky)

The back of the label describes this as “a whopper of a mistake” – a blend of 39% 17 year oldKentucky straight bourbon with 61% 4 year old Indiana corn whisky. Was it actually a mistake? Marketing stories make you wonder but those blending rooms probably could afford some mistakes in mixing...either way, it's that taste that matters anyway. It is another Diageo "Orphan Barrel" - a set of somewhat rare and somewhat limited releases.

Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L6012K1001

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

The nose has some terrific dry grain on the nose, oak supreme, tangy dried apricot, dried peach, and light spices. It is still light and fruity, yet contains much of the richness of the heavier earthy and dried fruit notes. The grain notes are intriguing – I even get some dried wheat. It goes down very easily for the strength. The palate is sweet, with lots of vanilla and dried corn. Light spices carry on in the background, playing second fiddle to the oak. Grain and oak laden on the finish. It is very enjoyable, and soft for a cask strength bourbon, no major flaws, but not that interesting.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, at $87.