Orphan Barrel Rhetoric due in June

Orphan Barrel Rhetoric due in June

The third release from Diageo’s Orphan Barrel initiative is slated for june.

Whiskycast reports:

Diageo’s Orphan Barrel line of rare whiskies will expand to a third release in June with Rhetoric. As reported by WhiskyCast in February, Rhetoric is a 20-year-old Bourbon distilled at both the Old and New Bernheim distilleries in Louisville and matured in the warehouses at nearby Stitzel-Weller Distillery.

A little different from the Old Blowhard and Barterhouse releases, Rhetoric is planned as a progressive annual release. This means we can expect to see a new release each year with an older age statement. So, next year we can expect to see a 21 year version of this Bourbon.

It will have a suggested retail price of $85 and bottled at 45%.

Fred Minneck myth busts some current Bourbon rumors

Burning Down the Rumor Mill

Fred Minneck for Whiskey Advocate:

I’ve examined some of the prevalent rumors found on barstools, forums, and social media; let’s have a look at the facts behind them.

A lot of good tidbits of information here. A couple pieces that I found interesting as related to my recent reviews… We can expect a 5th batch of Elijah Craig 12 Barrel Proof in the next month or so. As I mentioned in my review I heard availability might improve, so it will be interesting to see if this release will be larger than previous batches. Also, nice to hear Elijah Craig 12 Year won’t be losing its age statement.

Also Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star isn’t going anywhere, but apparently the 10 year bottle is retired. I managed to track down a bottle of the 10 year and I’ll review it in the coming weeks.

Also, Weller 12 isn’t going anywhere and won’t be losing its age statement.

2014 Bourbon Release Calendar

2014 Bourbon Release Calendar

A nice rundown of 2014 Bourbon release dates from Red White and Bourbon. This page will get updated as information becomes available, so it’s a good one to bookmark.

At this stage in my journey I really prefer to stick with traditional bottles, but I guess I’m a sucker for new and shiny things.  In the next couple months I’ll be looking for the latest Evan Williams Single Barrel to compare to 2003. Also the Four Roses Limited Edition. I recently snagged a Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 3rd release and if I see any bottle I’ll probably grab it, but keen to find the 4th release.