Diageo announced their latest project today, the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company. According to the press release, the “new project [is] determined to locate lost and forgotten barrels of whiskey from around the world and share them with discerning adult fans.” These particular bottles were found at the iconic Stitzel-Weller distillery, but we’re told they were distilled by Stitzel-Weller. Whisky Advocate reports that both are believed to be distilled by Bernheim distillery, both their newer facility and a facility of theirs that is no longer in operation.
The first two bottlings released are Barterhouse Whiskey and Old Blowhard Whiskey.
Barterhouse Whiskey (SRP: $75) stocks were discovered in old warehouses at the famed Stitzel-Weller facility in Louisville, Ky. Rumor has it warehouse workers have already begun lining up for the first taste of this beautiful whiskey with a soft nose reminiscent of warm spice, biscuit and buttercream. The whiskey’s mellow taste includes notes of roasted grain, charred oak and a brown sugar finish. It was aged for 20 years.
The mash bill for Barterhouse Whiskey is 86% corn, 8% barley and 6% rye. Bottled at 90.2 proof, 45.1% (ABV).
Old Blowhard Whiskey (SRP: $150) was also found at Stitzel-Weller. At 26-years-old, the whiskey contains exuberant, rich flavors with undertones of smoke and honey followed by a gentle finish – dry and spicy with a hint of orange peel. Old Blowhard Whiskey is meant to be sipped slowly and best enjoyed among gregarious friends and unyielding debates.
The mash bill for Old Blowhard Whiskey is 86% corn, 8% barley and 6% rye and was barreled in 1987. Bottled at 90.7 proof, 45.35% (ABV).
Both whiskeys are hand-bottled in Tullahoma, Tenn., and are expected to begin appearing at select accounts throughout the U.S. in March 2014 under strict allocation due to limited supply.