Orphan Barrel Announces First Rye: Scarlet Shade

Orphan Barrel Scarlet Shade rye whiskey indiana 14 year old
Orphan Barrel Scarlet Shade straight rye whiskey.

The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Co. has introduced its first rye into the Diageo brand’s lineup of older-aged whiskeys: Orphan Barrel Scarlet Shade.

This is a 14-year-old rye, distilled in Indiana, aged in Kentucky and bottled in Tennessee.

On the nose is vanilla butter cream and lightly toasted oak, the company reports, before a palate of baking spices, rye toast and orchard fruits. The finish brings orange marmalade and dark chocolate.


Orphan Barrel Scarlet Shade is 90 proof.

“For whiskey fans looking for a rye with heritage, Scarlet Shade provides the opportunity to add a 14-year-old, incredibly rare offering to their collection,” says Master Blender Samantha Johnson. “This latest Orphan Barrel offering is a nod to the journey we are all on and the travelers that we are. I can’t wait to share this unique experience with whiskey enthusiasts and showcase the dedication that went into crafting Scarlet Shade.”


The label design pays homage to the history of Scarlet Shade. In the center, the cardinal — state bird of Indiana and Kentucky — is surrounded by Indiana’s state flower, the peony, and perched on a skull to honor lost loved ones, the company explains.

Orphan Barrel Scarlet Shade is a limited release. It rolls out this May, nationwide, for a suggested retail price of $199.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

Consumers can also find the bottle on ReserveBar, Drizly.com and the Drizly app where shipping and delivery are available.

This follows the recent release of Orphan Barrel Muckety-Muck 26 Year Old Scotch whisky.


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