This is the tastiest spring cleaning I have come across.
Apparently Diageo had some extra barrels to get rid of. Like when you buy some distilleries and those distilleries happen to be Stitzel-Weller (former home of Pappy) and Bernheim and they have some extra barrels of whiskey in the corner that are maybe 19-21 years old. You know. Happens.
Thus began the Orphan Barrel Project to unload that extra whiskey in limited edition bottles.
My neighborhood whiskey bar Char No. 4 got some Barterhouse 20-year-old bourbon from the Bernheim Distillery, which sounded to me like I better leave work on time and head to a rainy happy hour on the way home.
We were only allowed one ounce, but it was a very pleasant ounce – light for a bourbon and not terribly oaky for sleeping in a barrel for 20 years. The bottle tasting notes mentioned “biscuit and buttercream,” which makes me think of an afternoon treat. And this bourbon is a perfect treat.