I’ve always been a big fan of the Orphan Barrel whiskeys. The beautiful and intricate labels on the bottles practically jump off the shelf at you, begging one to pick up a bottle, pour a dram, and learn more about its story which is masterfully woven within the packaging and intertwined within the libation itself. As such, I was absolutely delighted when a sample bottle of Lost Prophet arrived at my doorstep.
For those who are unfamiliar, Orphan Barrel Distilling Co. is a project owned by the good folks at Diageo. They focus on finding long forgotten barrels of rare and delicious whiskey and aren’t afraid to travel the world to find them. From Tennessee to Kentucky to Scotland and Ireland, they believe there is a treasure trove of liquid to be discovered and shared with true whiskey fans everywhere. To date, they have released Barterhouse, Old Blowhard, Rhetoric, and Lost Prophet.
I currently have Lost Prophet resting in my glass, a 22-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. According to Orphan Barrel Distilling Co., the Lost Prophet Whiskey Stock was distilled in 1991 in Frankfort, Kentucky at what was then the George T. Stagg Distillery. It was found in the old Stitzel-Weller warehouse in Louisville. A 90.1 proof whiskey that carries a mash bill of 75-78% corn, 7-10% barley and 15% rye. If you are lucky enough to come across it in a store, it will set you back $120.
Having always been intrigued by the Orphan Barrel project, I was eager to try out Lost Prophet. I poured an ounce in a glass and let it sit for a while. When it came time to nose, I was not disappointed. My nostrils filled with aromas of honey, nuts, a little bit of apricot and slight hints of wood. It was very delicate, not harsh on the nostrils, and 100% delightful. I honestly probably spent a solid 5-10 minutes just experiencing all of the different aromas it provided.
I have always heard people use the term “leather” when describing whiskey and was never too sure what they meant until I tasted Lost Prophet. You will definitely experience leather (which I found to be most interesting) along with sweet notes of vanilla and spice. The finish will have you tasting slight notes of wood and will leave a nice heat lingering in your chest.
I really enjoyed everything Lost Prophet had to offer. It’s complex, fun, and very drinkable. I didn’t have it in me to use even just an ounce of this whiskey in a cocktail. And really, the only thing that could make this whiskey better is pouring yourself another glass. Really give yourself the time to sip and savor this whiskey as each sip will seem to reveal something new within its flavor profile.
All in all, if you’re a whiskey lover who enjoys sipping a glass neat or on the rocks, I would definitely give this whiskey a try. It has a delightful and unique taste and will look absolutely beautiful sitting on your shelf (I mean, can we take a second to admire that beautiful packaging?!).
They say this whiskey seeks out the believers and a tribe to make its own. So enjoy it with the ones you love, sharing stories of the past and looking towards the future.