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Oprhan Barrel Scarlet Shade Rye

Orphan Barrel Whiskey Co. tells they have added a new gem to their collection: the first-ever Rye whiskey dubbed the Orphan Barrel Scarlet Shade. This adventurous spirit, born in Indiana, nurtured in Kentucky, and finally sealed in Tennessee, embodies the company’s pursuit of quality.

Like all Orphan Barrel releases, this is a limited release. At 90 proof (45%), Scarlet Shade will be rolling out this month in May 2023 and can be found at select retailers nationwide for $199.99.

For Scarlet Shade’s Master Blender, Samantha Johnson, blending the rare 14-year-old Rye whiskey stocks was the perfect opportunity to share this brand’s first rye offering.

This whiskey has a unique story, moving from Indiana to Kentucky to age in new white oak barrels. This journey reflects its historical roots from the time before Prohibition. Today, as Rye whiskey is becoming popular again, Scarlet Shade is set to shine and make its own history.

Orphan Barrel Whiskey Co. tells us that the 14-year-old rye has aromas of vanilla buttercream and lightly toasted oak, notes of warm baking spices, rye toast, and orchard fruits, with a finish of sweet orange marmalade dark chocolate.

About the Scarlet Shade Straight Rye Whiskey Label

The vibrant label design pays homage to the history of Scarlet Shade. In the center, the cardinal – the state bird of Indiana and Kentucky – is surrounded by Indiana’s state flower, the peony, and perched on a skull to honor lost loved ones. With its flash tattoo-style label, Scarlet Shade serves as a reminder to all who cross its path that the best whiskey memories last forever.

“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,” Samantha Johnson, Orphan Barrel Scarlet Shade Master Blender tells “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.”

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