Whiskey Review: Orphan Barrel Lost Prophet 22 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - The Whiskey Wash
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Whiskey Review: Orphan Barrel Lost Prophet 22 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

lost-prophetOrphan Barrel Lost Prophet 22-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a mouthful in more than name alone. An understandably limited release, this is the fourth whiskey in the Orphan Barrel series distributed by powerhouse Diageo.

Distilled at the legendary George T. Stagg distillery before being stored at Stitzel-Weller, the roots of this release run deeper into the history of Kentucky bourbon than a mere marketing campaign. Bottled at an endearing 45.05% ABV (90.1 proof), Orphan Barrel Lost Prophet entered the spirit world with a retail price of around $120, but commonly commands in excess of double that in secondary markets.

Age alone is all too commonly an over-valued trait when it comes to appraising whiskey. More often than not, there is a “sweet spot” wherein a particular spirit reaches the pinnacle of its enjoy-ability. The overall experience tends to suffer both before and after these years.

It is understandable why older bourbons are priced so highly when one takes into account the effort and cost of carrying a product over multiple decades, and factoring in for spirit lost to the angel’s share. Sometimes, the price tag is more indicative of the rareness of the product rather than the quality of the whiskey. 

As always, the true measure of value in any spirit is directly proportional to the enjoyment of the individual doing the tasting. I developed a memory for this bourbon almost immediately, and I eagerly anticipated my next sampling.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Gorgeous caramel color with strong legs that coat the inside of a glass. 

Nose: Slightly floral, sweet, hard caramel candy, and a bit of spice with a very healthy amount of oak.

Palate: Lost Prophet has a glorious mouth feel that exudes quality. The experience is round, velvety, and full. The taste is not overly sweet and countered well by a clove-like spice with the presence of cinnamon within the caramel flavor. There is a respectable amount of oak that is well-balanced for having spent such a prolonged period of time in contact with wood.

Finish: Lovely burn that I did not expect from a 22 year old bourbon. The finish capped off the drink in a warm and friendly way. This is a bourbon to be savored slowly on a cool autumn evening.

In short, I truly enjoyed this bourbon. Perhaps there is no greater indicator of enjoyment as how quickly one reaches to refresh a glass. I found myself wanting more of this whiskey immediately each and every time I sat down to acquaint myself with it. As far as my rating is concerned, supremely enjoyable Orphan Barrel Lost Prophet 22-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey deserves every bit of my score of 92.