Two letters have ‘flipped’ the whiskey secondary market upside down…

Two letters, C and S, have changed the whiskey secondary market.  Used together, it’s C+S which stands for Cost + Shipping.  It started as a basic idea a few months ago by one individual (no, not me).  That person, who will remain anonymous, had been searching for an Orphan Barrel Barterhouse and was unable to…

Read More

First Impression: Orphan Barrel Forged Oak

Forged Oak by Orphan Barrel Price : $65 retail Age : 15 years Nose : Beautiful.  Caramel, honey, a burning fire in a fireplace, that smell you get if you are running outside in early winter after it’s rained….like wet leaves.  Little bit of pepper.  Very nice indeed. Palate : Smooth,…

Read More

First Impression : Orphan Barrel Old Blowhard

Old Blowhard by Orphan Barrel Age : 26 Nose : Very nice.  Smells almost identical to Eagle Rare 17 to me.  Oak, leather, caramel. Palate : Very nice on the tongue.  Strong on the caramel and butterscotch.  Oak stays.  Hint of spice. Finish : It goes down nicely, with butterscotch…

Read More

5 things I learned about Bourbon in 2014…

1)  It’s not all about Pappy.  Pretend the entire hype surrounding Pappy didn’t exist and you went to a store and paid $69.99 for a 15 year bottle of Pappy Van Winkle.  You would say man this is great bourbon, but you wouldn’t lose sleep if you didn’t get a…

Read More