Orphan Barrel Releases Indigo’s Hour 18-Year Bourbon


April 3, 2024

Orphan Barrel Indigo's Hour bottle and glass

Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co. presents a new liquid within its collection: Indigo’s Hour Straight Bourbon Whiskey Aged 18 Years.

Drawing inspiration from nature’s most enchanting transitions, Indigo’s Hour symbolizes the delicate balance between transformation and tradition. Much like the lifecycle of a butterfly, which is represented through the bottle’s label design, the bourbon undergoes a metamorphosis of its own, as it journey’s from barrel to bottle.

Distilled in Indiana, aged in Kentucky and bottled in Tennessee, each stage of this liquid’s journey contributed to its character and complexity.

“Indigo’s Hour is perfect for those who appreciate the complex flavors and craft behind American-bourbon making,” DIAGEO Master Blender Andrew Mackay said in a news release. “Its liquid and bottle label symbolizes how the Orphan Barrel collection continues to evolve from its predecessors, making it a true collectible for those who appreciate fine spirits and rare whiskies.” 

Crafted from a carefully selected mashbill of 68% corn, 28% rye, and 4% malt, Indigo’s Hour aged gracefully over 18 years in charred white oak barrels, resulting in an exquisite Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

The bottle design pays homage to the spirit’s origin story – drawing inspiration from the crops, flora and fauna native to the heartlands of America’s whiskey regions. The spirit animal is the Pipevine Swallowtail, the most colorful butterfly to call Indiana home, where this whiskey is distilled.

Part of the label was inspired by The Witches Tree, a legendary maple tree found in Louisville, Ky., just a few minutes away from where Indigo’s Hour was aged. The landscapes depicted in the background were inspired by the creek that sits amongst the rivers and marshlands in Cascade Hollow, Tullahoma, Tennessee, where Indigo’s Hour was bottled.

Inspired by the time of day, which is called Indigo’s Hour, between dusk and dark when the sky is at its most beautiful and a bourbon beckons to be sipped, this whiskey is made in only one highly-limited batch, and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

This special edition bottle is available at select spirits retailers nationwide with a suggested retail price of $225 for 750mL, and is available for purchase as of April 1 as a timely collectible for those who treasure rare spirits and seek to capture a piece of whiskey history.