Barrell Bourbon Batch 027 started with 6-year-old fruit forward barrels from Tennessee and 5-year-old spice forward barrels from Indiana. After these were blended together, 13 and 15-year-old barrels with more wood tannin and depth were layered in and a select number of 9-year-old barrels with a higher rye content were
blended in for spice and assertiveness. Finally, 5 and 8-year-old wheated bourbon barrels were added to soften the batch, brighten the front palate, and solidify a cohesiveness to an otherwise extremely complex flavor profile. It was bottled in KY at cask strength (115.7 proof).
Barrell Craft Spirits is an independent blender and bottler of unique aged, cask-strength sourced whiskey and rum spirits, that is recognized for its blending expertise. The company selects and blends products that explore different distillation methods, barrels and aging environments, and bottles them at cask strength. Every batch and single barrel is produced as a limited release and has a distinct flavor profile.
GSN’s Thoughts: Having reviewed the previous Barrell Bourbon release here, we were curious to see what differences there might be in this latest expression. Again, a high proof brings out some intense darker elements of espresso, dark chocolate and cola syrup. But, this is a less sweet spirit, and more cask driven. Some of the hidden softer elements come out to play with a splash of water, bringing a playful conviviality to the game. At first intense, with some dilution, it suddenly is very amiable and warm with prickly notes of rye appearing at the tail end. Overall, an interesting whiskey that has a deep complexity and a strong personality.
GSN Rating: A
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