Not all accidents are bad.

In fact, some accidents can even be great. Case in point: The Gifted Horse American Whiskey.

This whiskey came about at Stitzel-Weller distillery in Louisville, when a 17-year Kentucky straight bourbon was errantly mixed with younger whiskeys. This 115-proof whiskey emerged: 38.5% Kentucky bourbon from Louisville-based Bernheim Distillery; 51% 4-year-old bourbon and 10.5% corn whiskey, both originally distilled in Indiana.

These young whiskeys don’t have the prestige of age or a name like Bernheim, so the blend sounds a bit like an embarrassment, but the results are just too good to ignore. This complex whiskey excites from the beginning, with a nose of apple skin, almond, toffee, raisins, and even a hint of milk chocolate. The tasting notes are strange, but beautiful, with flavors of Bosc pear and fruit cake shining alongside caramel.

The Gifted Horse is the seventh release from The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company, a Diageo-owned project that discovers almost-forgotten whiskey barrels and then packages their contents for the most discerning spirit lovers.

We all make mistakes. Celebrate the best of them or simply forgive yourself with a sip of The Gifted Horse.