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Forged Oak 15 year old, 45.25%

Price: $65 ● Issue: Summer 2015 ● Reviewer: John Hansell

The fifth release in Diageo's Orphan Barrel series (and the youngest of the releases so far). Distilled at the β€œnew” Bernheim distillery and, once again, matured most recently in Stitzel-Weller warehouses. Complex flavors are well-integrated, with lovely spice notes (cinnamon, vanilla, mint, nutmeg), nougat, caramel, and subtle fruit. Long, satisfying finish. Not as distinctive as some previous Orphan Barrel releases, but more rounded and balanced. Nicely done!