Barrel 22 was born after Raj Peter Bhakta discovered a cache of ultra-rare Armagnac barrels hidden in the cellar of a centuries-old French chateau. Crafted from a blend of mythical vintages that trace their provenance as far back as the mid-1800s, each sip of BHAKTA 50 is infused with the wisdom of 150 years of barrel aging and the truth of over seven centuries of tradition.
A rare opportunity
The oldest distilled spirits on earth, harmoniously blended.
A taste that transcends time to 1868. The elixir of wisdom.
A limited release of 350 bottles of the world’s rarest liquid, aged for over a century and finished in Islay Scotch whisky casks.
Our Barrel History
"Based on the blend we’ve tried, exquisite hits the mark."
Tony Sachs, Robb Report
A Born Leader
Born in 1885, Gen. George S. Patton was destined to serve his country. Descended from a long line of war heroes, Patton spent his early years learning classical military history. A skilled horseback rider and superior swordsman, Patton competed as a fencer at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. The next year, Patton would develop his own cavalry sword known as the “Patton Saber.”
The Vintage 1888
An earthy nose of forest floor mixed with orange zest and cloves retains its earthy identity on the palate with notes of piney resin and smoldering campfire. Mellow tannins and peppery notes add complexity to the flavor profile.
Patton earned his stripes around the world, battling the legendary Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution and leading tank brigades across Europe during World War I. During the Second World War, Patton stormed the beaches of North Africa and led Allied troops through Siciliy before marching the U.S. Third Army into Germany in 1944.
The Vintage 1944
Rich nose with strong white wine profile. Fresh slivered almonds, orange peel, nutmeg, and charred caramel. Smooth, smoky attack, with a palate of ripe, stewed fruit and dry raisins.
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The Barrel Odyssey
3-pack of 50ml bottles $99
The Bhakta Miracle
A liquid relic lost to time
The oldest and rarest distilled spirits collection on earth nearly disappeared to the ages. A mysterious odyssey winding through time and space culminated with a miraculous discovery: A hidden cache of ancient, exquisite spirits perfectly preserved—their centuries of wisdom finally ready to be shared with the world.
Tracing their provenance back 150 years, each barrel contains the exquisite legacy of the Armagnac region of France. Crafted using ancient techniques passed on through generations, BHAKTA Armagnac represents the modern expression of a timeless art.
Armagnac, the elixir of life
First distilled by French clergy for religious ceremonies, Armagnac dates as far back as the 1300s. Treasured for its therapeutic benefits, Armagnac soon travelled the known world and earned renown for its fragrant, bold, and complex flavours.
The Founder's Tale
Raj Peter Bhakta is a spirits entrepreneur, founder, and first generation American. Born the son of immigrants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Raj won widespread acclaim for his category-defining rye whiskey brand, WhistlePig, which he founded in 2007 on a dairy farm in Shoreham, Vermont.
An industry luminary, he founded BHAKTA Spirits in 2020. Having single handedly built the super-premium rye whiskey category with WhistlePig, Raj is now doing the same—and bigger—for Armagnac. Headquartered on the campus of Vermont’s Green Mountain College, BHAKTA Spirits is an industry innovator animated by the pursuit of the rare and exquisite.
The BHAKTA Philosophy
BHAKTA Spirits possesses the oldest, rarest, and most valuable collection of spirits in the world.
A luxury brand dedicated to reviving, valorizing, and championing the ancient and overlooked, BHAKTA’s crown jewel is its extensive and globally unparalleled stocks of vintage Armagnac dating back to 1868. This once-in-a-lifetime discovery has become a singular event in the world of spirits.