GSN Review: Stellum Spirits Whiskies

Stellum Spirits, recently launched its inaugural flagship offerings, including bourbon (blue label), rye (green label), and single barrels, which are all bottled at cask strength. The new brand is produced by Barrell Craft Spirits® (BCS), the award-winning independent blender and bottler of unique aged, cask-strength sourced whiskey and rum.

The launch of Stellum Spirits is the result of BCS’ years of  innovation in American whiskey. This new project investigates the importance of nuance and micro differentiation in a paired down and minimalist setting. This is whiskey factored down to its most defining essentials, blended and packaged with an eye towards clean lines and definition.

“We wanted to create a brand that brings American Whiskey into the modern age with simple elegant blends and single barrels selected with care and intention,” said Founder Joe Beatrice. “Our whiskeys are created through a rigorous process of study, observation, and experimentation. We are driven by progress, polish and—above all—attention to detail. We will always think critically about how to make our whiskey better.”

Stellum Bourbon is bottled at 114.98 proof (57.49% ABV). Stellum Rye is bottled at 116.24 proof (58.12% ABV).

GSN’s Remarks: As with each spirit from Barrell, these are both stellar examples of whiskeycraft. The bourbon is straightforward and has a lightly sweet edge, but the majority of flavor leans towards oak and char. The body is tight and there are more high notes than low. A standard bearer for a rock solid bourbon. The rye has more of an impact due to the intensity of the spicy grain. A rich and more broad palate of flavor with a hefty body makes this spirit ideal for old school cocktail classics like a Sazerac or a Vieux Carre. We especially enjoy the long and lingering finish which begs for just one more sip. GSN Ratings: Stellum Bourbon A-, Stellum Rye A

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