Barrell Bourbon Batch #5: Review

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62.35% alcohol/Vol 124.7 Proof

After hearing about Barrell Bourbon for a while, I decided I had to get my hands on some.  On my last visit to Tennessee, I was lucky enough to be able to find some. I loved the bottle and labeling, but was shocked at the price ($90 bucks!).  It’s also confusing where the liquid comes from because the bottled location is Kentucky and the distilled location is Tennessee.  I like the fact that every batch is a different recipe, so there is a lot of variation.  The age is in that perfect sweet spot at 8 years and 3 months.  This is sourced whiskey, so there isn’t any reason the mix shouldn’t make for a wonderful taste.


The legs are long and thick with an auburn honey coloring.


The nose is toasted butter pecans, we’re off to a great start with a high amount of corn.


The initial taste is warm cinnamon brown sugar maple syrup and butter with a little kick, like a perfect bourbon monkey bread.  The undertones are peach, corn and smoke, similar to a fruit-filled summer salad when peaches are in peak season.  The finish is pretty long and delicious.  The majority of the flavor is smoked oak and cinnamon that is dry with a hint of sugar and a little nuttiness.  For a first impression, Barrell made a great one.  I’ll be on the lookout for other batches to try.  I tired adding a touch of water to the bottom of my glass and it really perks up the subtle underlying flavors.  Really doesn’t drink like a 124 proof, which can be a fun kind of trouble.

Rating: 🥃🥃🥃🥃

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