The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Company was started to share barrels of rare and delicious whiskey, hidden away and nearly forgotten in the back of rickhouses and distilleries.
Stories of these lost whiskeys have become the stuff of legend. The goal is to bottle these rare, small offerings for the world to try.
Every Orphan Barrel is hand bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee, to ensure that these rare whiskeys are treated with the care they deserve – because some of them will only be available once. And once they're gone, they're gone forever.
Barterhouse Kentucky Bourbon:
Twenty years in American Oak will make your average spirit a bit mellow. Take all the fight out. Well this here is no ordinary spirit, and twenty years is long enough to pick up a trick or two. For one barrel in particular, it was long enough to develop the gift of a silver tongue. The old rickhouse hands had it written off as a rumor. A character so smooth, it could clean out the card sharps and take the shirt off a travelling salesman's back.
But the rumors were true. And when the chips are in, a smooth operator can be mighty persuasive indeed. One sip of Barterhouse Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and you just might find yourself forgiving Robert Johnson for trading his soul to the very devil himself.
Tasting notes include warm biscuits and buttercream, with spice and brown sugar in the finish.
Woody Creek Distillers, located just outside Aspen, Colorado, is the first and only craft distillery in the United States with control over every element of vodka production. WCD grows its own potatoes at Scanlan Family Farm in Woody Creek, Colorado, and sources local fruits, grains and mountain spring water to produce its line of ultra-premium American spirits.
Woody Creek's signature potato vodka is made from only three ingredients: potatoes (native Colorado Rio Grande russet, Chepita and Lady Claire), mountain spring water and yeast. After being washed and mashed onsite at the distillery, the potato mash is then stripped and distilled once to produce its 80-proof vodka.
"On the nose, the spirit is clean and sweet. Drink up for more sweetness — hints of vanilla and buttercream — plus a silky smooth mouthfeel. It finishes very dry with a peppery kick. There's definitely some life in this one." $34.00
Peach Street Distillers is located in Palisade, Colorado, on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains.
This Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made from 60% local corn, 20% rye, 20% two-row malted barley. The grains are open-air fermented in barrels and distilled just once. The Bourbon is aged for a minimum of two years in new American oak casks.
"The nose is sweet, with notes of vanilla and oak. An initial burst of sweet, flavorful corn, followed by notes of mellow cereal, caramel and biscuits with a hint of honey. Well-balanced with a hint of spice from the rye."
Tin Cup is a local, Colorado-born whiskey made with corn, rye, and malted barley. This 84 proof American Whiskey is aged in new charred white oak American barrels and cut with rocky mountain water. It's blended and bottled in Denver, Colorado. Legally speaking, it's bourbon, but what makes TINCUP unique is its high rye content which gives it a bold and spicy flavor. The unique tin cap (tin cup) screws on and can be used for drinking. The Mash Bill is 64% corn, 32% rye, & 4% malt. The whiskey is named after Tincup, CO., an old mining town in Gunnison County, set on the western side of the Colorado Rockies and named for the old cups the miners would drink from. $29.99