Entrapment is the latest entry in the Orphan Barrel series, as well as the first non-American whisky. The 25-year-old whisky was distilled in 1992 in Gimli, Manitoba, where it was meant to be blended into Crown Royal Deluxe. According to press materials, several barrels didn’t fit the blend. The whisky continued to mature in those barrels until now. Entrapment is distilled from a mostly corn mash bill… 97% to be exact, along with 3% malted barley. It’s bottled at 82 proof and available for a suggested retail price of $149.99.
The Orphan Barrel series has been a bit of a mixed bag, with some excellent releases like Lost Prophet sitting alongside a couple of terrible ones. Whoop & Holler, anyone? Where on the spectrum does Entrapment fit? Quite up there, actually.
Though the low proof subdues the nose a bit, rich aromas of vanilla, maple syrup corn bread and light oak abound. The palate is airy and soft, again mostly likely due to the low proof. Notes of angel food cake, spice and vanilla mark the beginning of the flavor journey. From there, rich notes of maple and leather develop in the mid-palate. The journey continues, as baking spices reappear alongside dried fruits in the medium-length finish.
This is a well-aged whisky. The development and complexity of flavors is welcome. My only qualm with Entrapment is its low proof. What’s delivered in the glass is fantastic, but a few more proof points (45% ABV instead of 41% ABV) may have propelled Entrapment into the stratosphere. Only Diageo holds the answer to why Entrapment was bottled the way it is. Regardless, my opinion of what’s currently in the glass remains steadfast. Entrapment comes with a high recommendation, so long as potential buyers aren’t looking for a bold whisky experience. 8/10
Thanks to Diageo for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.