Orphan Barrel Whiskey Co. has announced its first-ever Rye release, the Orphan Barrel Scarlet Shade, a 14-year-old whiskey that takes drinkers on a journey across states, blending heritage and craftsmanship. The whiskey begins its life in Indiana, ages to perfection in Kentucky, and is bottled in Tennessee.

Scarlet Shade’s Master Blender, Samantha Johnson, is excited to share this rare Rye offering with the world. The whiskey pays tribute to its pre-Prohibition roots while capitalizing on the current Rye whiskey resurgence. It has already won a Gold Medal at the San Francisco Wine & Spirits Competition and boasts sweet vanilla buttercream and lightly toasted oak aromas, flavors of warm baking spices, rye toast, and orchard fruits, followed by sweet orange marmalade and a dark chocolate finish. At 45% ABV, it is best enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

“For whiskey fans looking for a Rye with heritage, Scarlet Shade provides the opportunity to add a 14-year-old, incredibly rare offering to their collection,” said Samantha Johnson, Orphan Barrel Scarlet Shade Master Blender. “This latest Orphan Barrel offering is a nod to the journey we are all on and the travelers that we are. I can’t wait to share this unique experience with whiskey enthusiasts and showcase the dedication that went into crafting Scarlet Shade.”

The striking label design features a cardinal – the state bird of Indiana and Kentucky – surrounded by Indiana’s state flower, the peony, and perched on a skull as a tribute to lost loved ones. The flash tattoo-style label symbolizes that the best whiskey memories last forever.

Close-up of the Scarlet Shade rye whiskey label
Close-up of the Scarlet Shade label

Orphan Barrel Scarlet Shade is a limited release with a suggested retail price of $199.99. Whiskey aficionados and collectors should seize the opportunity to secure this rare offering, which will be available at select spirits retailers nationwide starting in May.

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