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Produced in the states of Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee, Batch 028 from Barrell Craft Spirits is age stated at 10 years old and bottled at barrel proof.
Rich butter, cream and honey Light barrel char character, some pepper and a lovely, bold, oak note.
Sweet on the palate, moderate mouth feel. The proof is well placed. Immediately, an apricot note jumps out. Rich fruits, caramel, toffee. Plum, strawberry cream, creme brulee. Not too hot, but not too thick on the palate, it's a bit on the lighter side with fruits and dessert sweetness showing off rather than a bold oak structure.
Long finish, plenty of cream, honey, vanilla bean and a great peach cobbler note.
Bright, fruity, dessert forward - Barrell Batch 028 is a great bourbon with tons going on. The oak is curiously well behaved for the age and lets a great bouquet of peach cobbler, apricot and creme brulee show off instead.
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