New Orphan Barrel ‘Forager’s Keep’ Will be Brand’s First Ever Single Malt

Orphan Barrel Forager's Keep 26-Year Single Malt. Photo Courtesy Orphan Barrel.

Orphan Barrel has announced the release of Forager’s Keep, their first ever Single Malt Scotch.

The Orphan Barrel team blends limited-edition bottlings from forgotten barrels found in dusty warehouse corners. Thus far, they’ve released Tennessee Whiskeys, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys (like Rhetoric Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey) and Canadian Whiskies (like Entrapment Canadian Whisky). Until now they haven’t released a whiskey from outside North America.

All that is about to change with the release of Forager’s Keep. This 26-Year Pittyvaich Single Malt Scotch was sourced from one of the shortest-lived Speyside distilleries. In fact, the whisky was actually in the barrel 8 years longer than its distillery was in existence. Pittyvaich closed its doors in 1993, marking the Forager’s Keep release as some of the last barrels they ever distilled.

The brand offers the following tasting notes: “aromas of fruit and freshly cut, crisp red apple give way to a gentle vanilla creaminess sheltering dense, but distant orange peel for a mellow, warming taste with a hint of wood spices and a sweet finish.”

Forager’s Keep is available for pre-order now; go here to reserve your bottle. Bottles are expected to ship the week of June 3. They’ll be available in 22 states at a suggested retail price of $400.

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.