The final release of Rhetoric Bourbon, Diageo’s finest Orphan Barrel series!
Rhetoric 25 is the sixth and final installment of a series. It started in 2013 with the release of Rhetoric 20, with what parent company Diageo alleges is old stock from the Bernheim Distillery that was actually found in old Stitzel-Weller Warehouses. Needless to say, it’s a complex pedigree. But the whiskey, which was distilled between 1990 and 1993, ended up in their hands, and with a limited number of these gems at their disposal, they elected to release portions of it each year, each time with a higher age statement.
The final Orphan Barrel Rhetoric release is being bottles at 91 proof. The mashbill on these barrels broke down to 86 percent corn, 8 percent barley, and 6 percent rye, which is a low rye bourbon...amazing.
Rhetoric 25's palate is oak-forward with “notes of nutmeg, caramel, and cocoa with a slightly spicy finish.”