Age: 4 yr, 6mo
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.”
This particular batch of rye whiskey was distilled and aged in Indiana and Tennessee. The mash bill consists of rye, corn, malted barley. This is obviously a unique blend of rye whiskey. Let’s have a taste!
For more information about Barrell Bourbon and their offerings check out thier website at www.barrellbourbon.com.
Nose: A really lovely nose. I get a strong note of green caramel apple and malt. Fresh corn, toffee, rye, spearmint, and a touch of hay. Very pleasant and approachable for 117 proof.
Palate: Getting some youthfulness. Although it may just be from the malt. Like the nose, I get green apple, caramel, rye, and mint. A pretty nice mouthfeel for a 4-year-old rye.
Finish: Medium. More green caramel apple. The nose, palate and finish all very similar.
Grade: 83 – 86 (B) = Good, Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have
Barrell Rye Batch 001 is an interesting one. It is definitely an enjoyable pour that has enough complexity to keep you engaged. I don’t get strong rye characteristics from this blend. There is sweetness and fruit that mask the rye, mint, and dill notes that you often get in traditional ryes. Those notes are still there, but not at the forefront. This whiskey tastes eerily similar to the rye whiskey produced by my local distillery, Tom’s Foolery. They use a high malt content in their mash bill. My guess is that Barrell Rye batch 001 has a similar high malt content as well. This is a good bottle to share with other whiskey lovers because of
This whiskey tastes eerily similar to the rye whiskey produced by my local distillery, Tom’s Foolery. They use a high malt content in their mash bill. My guess is that Barrell Rye batch 001 has a similar high malt content.
In my opinion, this is a great bottle to share with other whiskey lovers as it is vastly different than other offerings in today’s market. I for one, always enjoy tasting something new and unique.
This bottle retails for $85. Cheers!