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Barrell Bourbon Batch 005

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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Barrell Bourbon 005 is enjoyable from start to finish, moving seamlessly from sweet to sour to bitter in a masterful, mouth-filling dance.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: If we can rely on the folks at Barrell Bourbon to consistently deliver unique batches of similar quality as this one, count me in. Batch 005 is, without question, one of my favorites of the year.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Honest and foursquare as a Tennessee farmer; no surprises, but no disappointments either.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Compared to Batch 1 (again, a mere five years old), it’s a considerably more austere and well-rounded bourbon, with plenty of depth to investigate.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: I was pleasantly surprised just how different the profile was and how complex it became, especially for Dickel distillate.
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  • Intro:

    Distilled in Tennessee, this 8yr Bourbon is bottled at barrel proof and produced from a mashbill of 70% corn, 26% rye and 4% malted barley.

  • Nose:

    Fruity and full of spice like clove and cinnamon. Surprising lack of major, stereotypical notes like caramel, vanilla, etc

  • Taste:

    Fruity and sweet. Almost creamy, heavy on the butter cream, fruit like raspberry, blackberry, some minor banana dough. A bit of vanilla and molasses peek in towards the end though and bring a more standard bourbon profile to light. For the proof its not too hot on the tongue and coats nicely.

  • Finish:

    Long and heavy. More typical with brown sugar and clove fighting through the fruit medley. Its really an interesting dram and one thats fairly

  • Overall:

    I went into this partial bottle pretty blind since this was the first Barrel product Ive had. I was pleasantly surprised just how different the profile was and how complex it became, especially for Dickel distillate. It was a nice look into an atypical bourbon profile that I came to thoroughly enjoy. I wont likely go out and get a bottle of my own since its pretty pricey but it was a nice glimpse into new, unique profiles. For these reasons, Im rating this dram a 6. Its great and has no major flaws but was more of an adventure to me. I dont think Id take this over some other heavy hitters in the Rank 7 category on my shelf if I really had the choice - especially for the prices.

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