Diageo reveals next Bourbon from Orphan Barrel
Diageo is set to launch the fourth expression in its “craft” whiskey project Orphan Barrel, a 22-year-old Kentucky straight Bourbon called Lost Prophet.
The new release has been created from stocks distilled in 1991 at what was the George T. Stagg Distillery, now Buffalo Trace.
The liquid was retrieved from warehouse at the old Stitzel-Weller warehouse and then hand-bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Described as having notes of honey, dried fruit and clove on the nose, with spiced cake, vanilla, leather and smoke on the palate, Lost Prophet will carry an RRP of US$120.
The release follows on from Orphan Barrel’s Barterhouse, Old Blowhard, and Rhetoric, which was unveiled in June this year.
Diageo announced it hoped to become the “number one craft distiller in North American whiskey” in December last year with the launch of its Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company.
Most of the releases from the company have so-far come from the now mothballed Stitzel-Weller distillery, which will be transformed into a US$2m visitors’ centre to showcase Diageo’s Bourbon brands.
The UK drinks group also revealed this year that it planned to build a new US$115m distillery for its current Bourbon brand Bulleit, as well as any “future brands”