Review: Whoop & Holler American Whiskey (Orphan Barrel) / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Taylor Strategy, for Orphan Barrel Distilling Co.

Image courtesy of Taylor Strategy, for Orphan Barrel Distilling Co.

New Charred Oak; 28 Years
84% Corn, 8% Rye, 8% Malted Barley
Distiller George Dickel (Tullahoma, Tennessee)

This orphan barrel comes from Diageo's George Dickel distillery, and, consequently, we get more information about the whisky - mashbill, how it was distilled (and charcoal mellowed), and aged for 28 years. It's an old bourbon! This is the ninth release of the Orphan Barrel series, which showcases limited edition American whisky. By the way, Whoop & Holler is an enthusiastic howl.

Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2017

Rich dried fruit, and lots of oak. Dried pineapple, plum, brown sugar, mulberries, marzipan, toast, and lots of rich oak. The palate has some fairly clean corn, applesauce, pear, and a lot of spices and oak on the finish. If you drink this quickly – it feels over oaked. However, I drink quite slowly, and this is very nice – my favorite of the orphan barrels. The grain is rich, the oak is buttery and creamy, and it is balanced with a nice array of fruit. Quite light overall, given the low ABV. I think this would be pretty awesome at higher strength. Creamy, oaky finish – and ever so lightly bitter, which I like. I quite like it!

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Very Low, based on $300.