Diageo’s newest Orphan Barrel Whiskey is a curious mix — a wedding of “the final remaining shares of Barterhouse, Solid Oak, and numerous Rhetoric releases with a proprietary mix.” Bourbon and rye, a minimal of 14 years previous, all blended collectively right into a wild infinity barrel. Like many of the Orphan Barrel releases to this point, this one is bottled with its proof saved in verify at simply 45% abv.
With all of the heavy hitters on this mix, one would possibly count on the ensuing whiskey to be a knockout. Knock me down, although, it’s about as delicate and easygoing as they arrive. There’s plenty of baking spice on the nostril, all well-integrated with a considerable oakiness and only a pinch of pepper. On the palate, baked apples are exuberant and instant, a deep dive into fruit that segues into grapefruit and lemon peel, and from there right into a candy milk chocolate character. Candied nuts — well-cinnamoned — emerge on a delicate however prolonged end, which reprises a slug of oak earlier than returning, as soon as once more, to a baked apple word.
Fable & Folly feels pretty easy and extremely gentle contemplating its age, nevertheless it gained me over with time, that fruity, apple pie high quality, full with a vanilla-scented crumble, actually sucked me in, begging for repeated sampling. As a bonus, the worth is definitely affordable — and virtually achievable available on the market.