Age: 9 years
Tasted: Neat & w/ a few drops of water in a glencairn glass
Barrell Bourbon is a sourced whiskey that is gaining a lot of popularity in the whiskey community. The trick? They are distributing tasty, cask strength whiskey that many whiskey drinkers are dying to try.
Barrell Bourbon’s mantra is, “Often, barrels and batches of bourbon are used as components of larger blends. Watered down, pulled too early, left too long, they forgo their singular characteristics. We enjoy finding and identifying barrels that contain distinctive bourbons and then bottle them at cask strength to retain their authentic qualities. Every barrel and every batch we bring you will be different.”
For more information about Barrell Bourbon and their offerings check out thier website at www.barrellbourbon.com.
Nose: A nice nose here. Sweet tobacco and a herbal note are the first that stands out. Corn, maple syrup, vanilla, and dry oak are also there on the nose. I want to say this still smells a little youthful to me even though it is a 9-year-old whiskey. These particular barrels were probably stored in the lower levels which would explain the lower proof and that slight youthfulness I get on the nose.
Palate: Sweet palate. Buttered popcorn, a nice touch of orange, caramel, and maple syrup. There is also a pretty nice thick mouthfeel. Nicely balanced, but not overly complex.
Finish: Long. Tobacco, chocolate, orange, dry oak, and peanut shell.
Grade: 83 – 86 (B) = Good, Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have
Barrell Bourbon batch #012 is a good whiskey, there just isn’t much that stands out to me. I do enjoy drinking it, but there is a touch of youthfulness I keep getting in it though for some reason. Cheers!