Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 25 year old, 45.5%

Price: $140 Issue: Spring 2019 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

A platform of caramel sweetness comes draped in lovely oak spice with dried flower potpourri—like rose petals and an old-lady's perfume—along with horehound, cedary oak, and iced tea. The palate veers toward dried fruits—apple rings and dates—with bitter orange peel and a beam of spice that turns peppery on the long finish of tobacco and cedar. The overall impression is lithe, upright, and stately.