Last week I posted about the first of Orphan Barrel’s new releases – Old Blowhard. Now we’re looking at their 20 year old Barterhouse Bourbon. Where Old Blowhard is a one time release, Barterhouse might be with us for a little while longer.
(Disclaimer: I was sent a small review sample of Barterhouse from Diageo.)
What a difference six years in the barrel makes! Where I found the 26 year old Old Blowhard dry, Barterhouse packs a slightly bigger kick, even at a slightly lower proof (90.2 versus 90.7). There’s much more of that signature bourbon caramel smell, but at 20 years you can make out a lot of oak. Barterhouse isn’t an overly sweet bourbon. It’s an earthier, spicier whiskey than Old Blowhard. The finish is long, and you get a little oak and some brown sugar. I like this finish more than that of Old Blowhard.
At $75 a bottle, Barterhouse is half the price of Old Blowhard. It’s not as complex a whiskey as it’s 26 year old counterpart either. Don’t get me wrong – Barterhouse is not a bad whiskey. Quite the opposite. I just think it’s a bit overpriced. $50-$60 a bottle would have been much easier to swallow. Then again, I’m not in the business of selling or pricing whiskies. Have you tried Barterhouse? Comment below and share your thoughts.
Try before you buy. 7.5/10
No doubt about it, a very, very good drink, you won’t be disappointed. I purchase 4 bottles untasted, glad I did, knowing only 350 bottles were allocated to my state. It will be a sleeper and the lucky ones will have made the purchase.
Chris, thanks for the comment. After sampling and posting this, I ended up buying a bottle for myself.