Barrell Craft Spirits 15yr Bourbon Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Barrell Craft Spirits 15yr Bourbon

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  • Distiller:

    Dickel

  • Bottler:

    Barrell

  • ABV:

    52.55%

  • Age:

    15 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: A finish of tobacco leaf, dark chocolate, and more spiciness as a final note.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: Its low proofpoint for a barrel proof whiskey provides it with a deep richness of flavors instead of an over reliance on heat. At the same time, I would have preferred more proof from the whiskey to really drive its point home.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: It’s not a fake- or cake-sweet but it does smell more like those squares of Kraft caramels than homemade caramel bubbling. That’s kind of cool, though. A little nostalgic.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Despite those cascading waves of diverse flavor, the whole thing somehow stays in perfect balance. It’s a bit of a rollercoaster, but an exceptionally fun one, albeit with an unfortunately steep price of admission.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: I don't love it, but I don't hate it. It's not my favorite, though. Side by side with a bottle of off the shelf BT, this would be a tough choice.
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  • Intro:

    This is an independent bottling of Dickel spirit, bottled by Barrell spirits in their new line of premium sourced bottlings. Clocking in at 15 years old with an ABV of 52.55, this is the oldest Barrel release I've had to date. Let's dive in.

  • Nose:

    Oak, musty sweetness, corn, orange zest. Creamy sweetness that is almost mistakeable for youth.

  • Taste:

    Honey, apples, pears, strong vitamin notes. Chalky, loaded with corn notes and apple cobbler.

  • Finish:

    Long, sweet. Lots of corn, oak, cocoa, typical vitamin and orange peel.

  • Overall:

    Not a fan of this, but it's Dickel ramped up to 11. Whatever KY and IN distillate in here is pretty trodden over with that profile. I don't love it, but I don't hate it. It's not my favorite, though. Side by side with a bottle of off the shelf BT, this would be a tough choice.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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