Barterhouse 20-year-old OrBa

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Orphan Barrel (OrBa)
Stated Age
20 years old
Charred American White Oak Barrels
45.1 % Vol.
750 ml
90.2 Proof
Bottle code
Added on
19 Feb 2014 1:30 pm by MasonBones

Average value

€ 473.16

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Whisky Reviews for Barterhouse 20-year-old OrBa

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.22 points

  1. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nice but too oaky for my palate. Actually have had older bourbon that is less oaky than this
    • Nose
      85 85
      Cherry, corn, oaky, fresh ground pepper, vanilla extract, a touch of buttermilk biscuits
    • Taste
      83 83
      Cherry, oak, vanilla, spices, popcorn butter
    • Finish
      80 80
      Cherry, oak tannins, sweet spices, extra buttery popcorn

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Actually a pretty good nose and a decent whiskey, but I just cannot give this anything more than 86 because it lacks anything tertiary and lacks the ooomph that many, many other whiskies can provide. Also a weird, strangely young tasting finish.

  3. The_Osprey scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Barterhouse 20yo Orphan Barrel 45.1%.

    25ml at home, June 2021.

    Very dark orange brown, darkest amber.

    Aroma is huge toffee, massive caramelised buttery notes, boozy fudge, rum and raisin fudge. Outrageous aroma. Intense and pleasant.

    Oily body. Taste is rich, woody, spicy, cinnamon, not hot at all, rounded and easy, clove. Rich potent flavour. Not oaky but as rich and as cask-influenced as you like. Very good. A solid bourbon without a doubt. Just grew and grew on me. If anything it could do with being slightly stronger towards the 50% mark. Great, and I would be chuffed to have one on my shelf. There are no bargains to be had here though – at least £250 a bottle last time I checked. 3.65/87

  4. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This bourbon reminds me of a old fashioned with a maraschino cherry. The oak is very present, but the sweetness helps balance it.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet oak, vanilla, maraschino cherry, dusty corn, salted caramel
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oak, vanilla, cherry cough syrup,
    • Finish
      89 89
      Oily, salty, oak, subtle sweetness (cherries come out noticeable very much here), orange zest

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. DramblersAnonymous scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    Definitely not a $100+ bottle. Super easy drinking if that floats your boat, the age has removed any alcoholic harshness but is now largely uninspiring.
    • Nose
      Classic bourbon spice, a little corn, oak and vanilla
    • Taste
      Pretty flat, mono-vanilla-oak, a bit boring. Lost the spice and no nuttiness or additional layers.
    • Finish
      Flat and uninspiring.

  7. GJR scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    You rarely encounter 20-year-old bourbon. Frankly, I prefer the younger performances so far. Even though this is just an excellent dram, it still seems to be over its top.
    • Nose
      Not overly complex, fairly simple tones matching a bourbon. Reasonably dark or old sweetness of overripe fruit, with a strange unpredictable backtone. In addition, a lot of wood influence with vanillin.
    • Taste
      Pleasant, but not very special or very complex. Continues to show a lack of freshness.
    • Finish
      Pretty long, with some wood tones (tannin) for a less pleasant bitterness

  8. hans1971 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted during A Taste of Columbia by Norbert 25-02-2017 at WCY
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Titi94 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Bottler's Tasting Notes:

    A soft and elegant nose, reminiscent of warm spice, biscuit and buttercream is cunningly paid off with the mellow taste of roasted grains and charred oak - finishing with pleasing hints of spice and brown sugar.


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