Rhetoric 23-Year-Old

Rhetoric 23-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the tenth release from the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company and the fourth in the Rhetoric series of progressively aged whiskeys.

Aged three years longer than the first release, it is slightly more mature and carries a higher proof.

The whiskey will continue to be progressively aged and re-released annually at a year older, allowing whiskey aficionados to collect the series and compare the whiskeys side-by-side. The background of the bottle label will grow deeper in color as Rhetoric is released each year.


Rhetoric stocks were found in the old Stitzel-Weller Warehouses in Louisville, KY, the company says. The whiskey was distilled (between 1990-1993) at the Bernheim Distillery, historically located at 17th and Breckenridge in Louisville, Ky., while owned and operated by United Distillers. The whiskey is hand-bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

The mash bill for Rhetoric Whiskey is 86% corn, 8% barley and 6% rye.


Beginning with dried fruit and a hint of leather, Rhetoric 23-Year-Old tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, anise and cracked nuts, the company reports. The finish is long with oak and a touch of smoke. It’s 90.6 proof.

The suggested retail price is $120 per 750-ml. bottle.


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