Whoop and Holler American Whisky Review

Producer: Orphan Barrel/Diageo. Distiller: George Dickel. ABV: 42%. Mashbill: 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% malted barley. Price: $175.

Diageo’s Orphan Barrel series has been hit or miss for me. For every terrific Rhetoric, there’s an underwhelming Forged Oak.

But there’s nothing remotely disappointing about the 28-year-old Whoop and Holler. Orphan Barrel has been unusually transparent about the provenance of this latest release–and given my adoration of all things Dickel, I was thrilled to see that the Whoop is actually a 28-year-old Dickel. And, man, what a Dickel.

There’s a ton of citric acid on the nose, and it almost overwhelms the more delicate vanilla and maple notes. The palate is just superb. Toffee and caramel corn tango for a bit, before being joined by cocoa, vanilla, fresh-baked bread, and maple. The finish is wonderfully sustained. The citrus comes back for an encore, along with the corn, vanilla, and pepper.

A terrific whiskey and one I may be hinting at come Christmas time. Cheers, friends! – TM

Buy Orphan Barrel whisky online at Mash + Grape

An Orphan Barrel representative graciously provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.

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