Whisky Review: Orphan Barrel Entrapment Canadian Whisky - The Whiskey Wash

Whisky Review: Orphan Barrel Entrapment Canadian Whisky

Orphan Barrel is a Diageo-owned label that releases bottlings of “forgotten” whiskeys. Entrapment, a Canadian whisky, is the first non-American release from this brand. This whisky was originally destined to become Crown Royal, but somehow didn’t end up in the blend, and instead sat in the barrel for a full 25 years before being hauled down to Tullahoma, Tennessee for bottling.

The whiskey is described as “97% corn and 3% [malt]” and is the eleventh release in this particular Diageo line up. My sample came in a cute wooden book safe, complete with what seems to be a working compass. The inside of the “book jacket” reads:

“Crafted in the heart of the Manitoba wilderness, Entrapment captures the promise of adventure and freedom. Entrapment, a jack of all trades, makes its mark but leaves no trace behind.”

The suggested retail price for this whisky is an eye-popping $150.

Tasting Notes: Orphan Barrel Entrapment

Vital stats: Canadian whisky, 97% corn/3% malt, aged 25 years, 41% ABV

Color: Pale copper

Nose: Butterscotch, faint spice, maple donut, confectioner’s sugar. Like other Canadian whiskies, this one mostly smells overwhelmingly sweet to me.

Palate: More butterscotch, syrup, and brown sugar, with a heavy dose of oak. There’s a flash of cherry cough syrup on the back of the palate, and the finish sits somewhere between bitter and medicinal. Texturally, it’s both light and faintly drying.

The Takeaway

With the strong caveat that I don't taste much Canadian whisky and don't tend to care for the category in general, I just don't like this whisky very much. The nose and front palate are cloyingly sweet, and the finish is all bitter oak—something I imagine the 25 years in the barrel is responsible for. Since this is basically extra-old Crown Royal, do yourself a favor and just buy a bottle of Crown Royal.

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