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Old Blowhard 26 year old, 45.35%

Price: $150 Issue: Summer 2014 Reviewer: John Hansell

The most intense of the Orphan Barrel initial release. Very robust, with leather, tobacco, and roasted nuts. Quite spicy and resinous too. Toffee, maple syrup, and caramel struggle to soothe all this robustness, but the oak maintains the upper hand. A digestif, perhaps, after a large meal? Unless you are purchasing for a piece of bourbon history, my advice would be to try it before you buy because, while complex, it is also quite woody.