The newest spherical of Diageo’s Orphan Barrel releases is Copper Tongue, a 16 12 months outdated forged power bourbon made at George Dickel’s Cascade Hole Distilling Firm. The whiskey is straight away uncommon in that it spent these years in a single-story rickhouse within the Tullahoma, Tennessee facility, which probably explains the surprisingly low abv contemplating it is a cask power launch (44.9%).
That is the second Orphan Barrel launch from Cascade Hole, following the 28 12 months outdated Whoop & Holler 5 years in the past. Let’s give it a whirl.
Unique and strange on the nostril, the whiskey promptly evokes chocolate and almond notes earlier than shortly blowing off, revealing a big savoriness that’s left in its stead. Gunpowder and a heavy barrel char word come into focus from there, with a mild barbecue word within the combine. The palate’s a bit of skinny, reflecting the fragile nature of the bourbon, with delicate however lingering notes of chocolate, coconut, and caramel corn. The end is a bit on the brief aspect, once more centered largely on chocolate and a few peanut notes, touched with notes of mint.
That is hardly going to be a rousing crowd-pleaser of a whiskey, as its flavors and aromas are extra delicate and understated. What has been left behind by the angels nonetheless is on level, making this a surprisingly fascinating exploration of what a single-floor rickhouse can do to a spirit after 16 years in barrel there.
Consider it extra as whiskey for the mind, not the physique.