GSN Review: Barrell Seagrass Whiskey

Barrell Craft Spirits has introduced Barrell Seagrass, a blend of American and Canadian rye whiskeys aged in three distinct vessels. Each ingredient is finished separately in Martinique Rhum Agricole casks, apricot brandy casks, and Madeira barrels. Each component whiskey brings its own attributes to Seagrass, revealing unique layers of flavor from start to finish. 

“Seagrass stands alone as a whiskey, while also inviting the drinker to explore the multitude of influences created by a global approach to sourcing, finishing, and blending,” said Founder Joe Beatrice. “It highlights the grassy oceanside notes we love in rye and the opulence and spice of finishing barrels. It’s bottled at cask strength (118.4 proof) so you can appreciate its true flavor.”

Founded in 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky, BCS selects and blends products that explore different distillation methods, barrels and aging environments, and bottles them at cask strength. Every batch is produced as a limited release and has a distinct flavor profile. BCS’s extensive stocks of high-quality casks mean they can craft extraordinary blends that maximize the nuances of each ingredient. Creative finishes, a liberated approach to blending, and a deep-seated commitment to releasing each whiskey at cask strength and without chill filtration guides every product release.

GSN’s Remarks: There’s a lot going on here, and it all melds together in a deliciously intense package of flavor. The rye spice forms the canvas upon which the interplay of wood, and their specific spirit ageings paint a broad and colorful palette. The rum adds sweetness, the madeira adds this as well, but with a high shimmer. Lastly the apricot brandy cask imparts a lovely and subtle stone fruit essence that kicks the entire affair into overdrive. Again, Barrell hits the mark with this latest release. They get GSN’s vote for best distillery of 2021. GSN Rating: A++

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