Barrell Craft Spirit
A blend of 6-year, 8-year, 10-year and 15-year bourbons distilled in Tennessee, Indiana and Kentucky, this is Barrell Bourbon Batch 34. It's hard to believe a company can release this many blends in such a short period of time, but it's even harder to imagine when you consider how many have been good, often great and occasionally exceptional. Can batch 34 live up to its predecessors? Let's find out and dive on in.
Bold and rich, this release is full of nutmeg, tannin, praline, caramel and a touch of fudge. Light stone fruit, faint cherry cordial, a touch of spice.
Moderate mouthfeel on the palate, there's this delightful viscosity. This has a great texture and is lightly syrupy, full of cocoa, toffee, salted caramel, pear and cherry.
Dry and cocoa-forward, packed with nougat and sweet cream, a touch of espresso and big peach and cherry notes once more.
Delightfully rich, full of cocoa, oak, toffee and some essence of fruits I love to see in bourbon — this release darn near has it all. Big fan.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.