Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24 Year Bourbon
This is the fifth release of Rhetoric bourbon, part of Diageo’s Orphan Barrel series. Since 2014, a new Rhetoric has been released annually, each with an additional year of age and a small bump in proof—and price. (Last year’s release was 23 years old, 45.3% ABV.)
Whatever the case, the current 24 year old exists from what one assumes are slowing dwindling bourbon stocks found in the old Stitzel-Weller warehouses in Louisville, Kentucky. It was distilled between 1990 and 1993 at the Bernheim distillery, “historically located at 17th and Breckenridge” in the same city and at the time owned by United Distillers.
Rhetoric 24 Year Old Bourbon, bottled at 90.8 proof, has a mash bill that’s 86% corn, 8% barley and 6% rye. Tasting notes suggest an “aroma of rich vanilla oak, brown sugar and chocolate. Taste begins with orchard fruit accented with a hint of allspice, and gives way to a warming finish with of nutmeg and caramel notes.”