Excerpt: The thing is, you need to appreciate barrel strength whiskey to capture its essence, as the beasty alcohol overpowers. Even barrel strength lovers will find a splash of water opens it up, giving more caramel, walnut, and whoopie pie. Long caramel finish.
Excerpt: I’m comfortable giving a solid recommendation for Barrell fans when it comes to Batch 008. For others, if you haven’t tried Barrell Bourbon yet it is worth a look, and Batch 008 is as good a place to start as any.
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This is batch 8 released by Barrell Bourbon. This is sourced from an undisclosed Tennessee distiller and is barreled at cask strength. At the time of its release, it was the highest proof release from Barrell.
Honey, heavy clove and spice. Waffle cone, vanilla. Faintly floral.
Medium mouthfeel but significant heat. It is hot. Spicy pepper, tobacco, vanilla and oak. 80% spicy, 20% sweet.
Long, but very hot. Floral, minty. Orange zest, faintly chalky. Lots of spice and interesting floral notes.
This was a dry, hot, spicy bourbon. I liked what notes were there but found the heat to be a bit overbearing.
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