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.
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
This new Bourbon comes from a family of ranchers and uses only Wyoming grains from the Big Horn Basin. They grow their corn, wheat and barley in Kirby, Byron, Thermopolis and Riverton. Knowing that your whiskey is only as good as your water, they use water from the Madison Formation limestone aquifer. This small batch bourbon whiskey is medium amber in color with a moderately fruity and floral nose that hints of caramel, vanilla, and oak. The body is medium with vanilla, caramel, sweet fruit and slight oaky flavors and a mild, smooth finish. $49.99
Fall weather brings out the best in craft cocktails. What's better than a sultry and mildly sweet Manhattan on a chilly October evening?
If you're looking to make classic Manhattans this Fall, look no further: we have everything you need. The next time you're hankering for a whiskey cocktail, try this recipe on for size:
2 oz. High West Double Rye Whiskey
1 oz. Contratto Vermouth Rosso
2 dashes Fee Brothers Bitters
1 Luxardo Maraschino Cherry
Stir the rye, vermouth and bitters well with cracked ice. Strain into in a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the Luxardo maraschino cherry.
Rye whiskey made in the United States is distilled from a mash made of at least 51% rye, with the remaining portion from corn and malted barley. Rye is aged in charred, new oak barrels. Rye whiskey aged for at least two years may be further designated as "straight rye whiskey."
Here's a review from Bourbonblog.com:
"The nose offers cinnamon, cherry, and spice. Mild tobacco and some cherry flavors hit first. On the mid-palate the rye becomes buttery smooth and well rounded between the sweet and spicy characteristics. This is an incredible sipper straight or on the rocks. Additionally, the balanced spice will make it an excellent mixer as we suggest enjoying it in a Manhattan." $26.99
This whiskey is truly unique. In fact, it is the only whiskey which uses real peaches harvested from the Rocky Mountain region, not artificial colors or flavors, to strike a balance between intense peach flavors that jump out of the glass with the subtleties of a refined whiskey which even the connoisseur will appreciate.
Leopold Brothers blends the juice of the most aromatic varieties of peaches from the Western Slope with their whiskey and move the entire spirit to used bourbon barrels. The peaches slowly oxidize in the barrel, yielding more complex flavors and colors. When the time is right, it goes straight into bottles.
This is the very essence of a Rocky Mountain peach coupled with an American small batch whiskey, painstakingly preserved in a hand-numbered bottle. It is perfect on the rocks, but also makes for stunning Manhattans and a host of other cocktails.
Templeton Rye Whiskey is here! Previously unavailable in Colorado, Templeton Rye has been the darling of many of your favorite mixologists. Thanks to some cajoling and pleading, Templeton has finally made it's way into select Colorado drinking establishments and onto retail store shelves, including Amendment XXI. Find out why Templeton was the preferred whiskey of Al Capone.
"When Prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920, many enterprising residents of a small town in Iowa chose to become outlaws – producing a high caliber and much sought-after whiskey known as Templeton Rye, or "The Good Stuff" to those in the know. Produced from the original Prohibition era recipe and aged in charred new oak barrels, Templeton Rye provides a smooth finish and a clean getaway." $44.00
"Besides the unique high-rye mash bill, Breckenridge Distillery owes its success to careful mingling of casks at each bottling and the perfect Breckenridge snowmelt water used for proofing. The natural minerality of the water source ensures the luscious mouth-feel, depth of flavor, and long finish making Breck Bourbon one of the very best Whiskeys in the World."
This Colorado Bourbon is made with 56% yellow corn, 38% green rye, 6% malted barley and has been aged for an average of 2-3 years in new American White Oak barrels. $43.99