Barrell Craft Spirits – Bourbon Batch 23
- Distiller: Barrell Craft Spirits
- Spirit: Blended Bourbon
- Aged: 10, 12, & 15 Year Blend
- Proof: 107.78
- Purchase Price: $99
- Barrell Craft Spirits Website
About The Distillery: “Barrell Craft Spirits blends exceptional bourbons out of ingredients sourced from all around the nation. Our extensive stocks of high-quality casks mean we can craft extraordinary blends that maximize the nuances of each ingredient, yet always add up to more than the sum of their parts.”
Notes & Review
Nose: The nose is a complex balance of sweet and earthy. Maple syrup, dark chocolate, honey roasted sweet corn, and cinnamon sugar give way to some simple sweet rye, and toasted pine nut.
Palate: Honeysuckle flower, milk chocolate, vanilla roasted almond give way to notes of leather, candied orange peel, and firewood.
Finish: Earthy with toasted cinnamon, star anise, burnt leather, campfire… and a surprising return at the very end of sweet stewed winter fruits finished in vanilla honey.
The nose is deliciously decedent with dessert and floral notes, the palate is balanced between flavor profiles, and the finish crosses from savory to sweet where bourbons are typically vice-versa. This makes for a unique flavor experience. While I’ve had my fair share of complex straight bourbons, I’ve found that well-done blends can bring unique tasting experiences that allow the bourbon to tell a story straight through the pour.
While the price point is higher than many casual enjoyers of whiskey would be comfortable with, at around $100, the pour is both good and unique. If your budget allows, this might be a bourbon not to sleep on or to at least hunt for a pour at your local whiskey bars. In a sea of sub $100 whiskey options, this stood out as both quite enjoyable and quite unique.
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