It’s always exciting when something previously hidden from the world comes to light, especially when it has to do with an exceptional whisky. Just a couple of days ago, DIAGEO’s Orphan Barrel Whiskey Co. took the curtains off their latest discovery: the Castle’s Curse 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Originating from the renowned Teaninich Distillery, this drink brings a delightful combination of tradition, history, and some Scottish folklore to your glass.

The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Co. isn’t new to these magnificent revelations. Their very mission is to scour the dimly lit corners of distilleries and rickhouses worldwide, looking for rare whiskies that may have been overlooked or forgotten. And when they find such a gem, it’s presented to the world in its unadulterated glory, albeit in limited quantities.

A Glimpse of Castle’s Curse

What makes Castle’s Curse truly stand out? It’s a 14-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, patiently matured in European oak, resulting in a harmonious blend of age and flavor. As I read about its description, my senses were already tingling in anticipation: imagine inhaling the delightful scents of tangerine, poached pear, and a hint of sweet confectionery mingled with dried herbs. As you take a sip, the palate is greeted by the soft whispers of vanilla, the crispness of red apple, and a subtle hint of mint.

It’s worth noting that while this whisky can be savored neat or on the rocks, adding just a few drops of water amplifies its aromatic experience. This serves as a true nod to the Scottish Kelpie, the mythical creature that inspired this drink.

Orphan Barrel Castle's Curse Scotch Whisky

The Tale Behind The Name

The narrative does not stop at the whisky’s exceptional flavor profile. The Teaninich Distillery, with its roots going back to 1817, stands as a testament to Scotland’s rich history in whisky distillation and technological innovation. Nestled in the Northern Highlands, the distillery overlooks the picturesque Cromarty Firth, a land famed for its aquatic wildlife and breathtaking landscapes.

The name “Castle’s Curse” itself is steeped in local folklore. Legend speaks of the Scottish Kelpie, a supernatural being with the ability to change its form, often appearing as a water-horse. These creatures are believed to roam the waters nearby, representing the integral role water plays in crafting a fine whisky. The emblem on the Castle’s Curse bottle, depicting this legendary Kelpie, not only emphasizes the importance of water in whisky-making but also pays homage to Scotland’s tradition of harnessing its land for barley cultivation.

An Ephemeral Delight

It’s important to emphasize that whiskies like these are fleeting in nature. Every bottle from Orphan Barrel is a product of meticulous craftsmanship, ensuring that the rare whiskies get the reverence they deserve. But once they vanish from the shelves, they are gone forever, leaving behind only the memory of their exquisite taste.

If you’re keen to get your hands on Castle’s Curse and you’re of legal drinking age, you can find it on platforms like and Drizly.