Distilled in eight different states, this release from Barrell is a wild one. It was released to celebrate the advent of the 2023 calendar year and is a blend of bourbons from Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Wyoming, New York, Texas and Maryland that range in age from 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 years. Whew. Let's dive in!
Lively and packed with caramel, honey, pralines and almonds, chocolate orange slices (you know, the candy from Christmases as a kid), faint chalkiness and a wallop of butterscotch.
Honey-forward, plenty of oak and sweet tannin, nuttiness that reminds me of some of my favorite Knob Creeks and a warming chocolate orange note once more. Savory and sweet, it changes a lot from the moment it hits your tongue.
Medium finish with a touch of ethanol and heat, but the cocoa notes dial way up.
Overall, New Year 2023 is a chocolate and fruit lover's dream. Complex and interesting, it's hardly the same each time you pour it.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.