This is a pretty interesting release. This is a single cask of rye picked by Bourbon Street Wine and Spirits from Barrell. It's 14 years old, the provenance is unknown (to us) and it's a bruiser at 73.06% ABV. Let's dive in.
Rich apple, brown sugar, some toffee and nougat. Sweet overall, faint peanut but very little. Light and fruity.
Medium mouth feel. Hot, bitter, varnish. Interesting earthy quality, loaded with pepper and allspice. Bitter oak and earth. Some astringency, mild funk note like a mild hop influence.
Short, but punishing and rough. The dirty, earthy astringency and musty varnish note isnt welcome, and covers up the delightful notes from the nose that I liked so much.
Barrell. I thought we were friends. What are you doing.