Barrell Craft Spirits
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Distilled in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee and bottled in Kentucky, this release features a portion of the blend seeing a toasted barrel finish. With a 16 year age statement and the contents containing 16 and 17 year old distillate, Barrell is releasing this at cask strength, but with a price tag of $500. Worth the hefty msrp? Let's find out.
Bold cocoa, chocolate, a touch of marshmallow and savory roasted almond. Some cream, big, bold tannin and sweetness on the nose.
Rich and powerful, this is an oak bomb that shows the integration of tannin and the softening of the toasted influence. Clover honey, musty tobacco, rich cherry and cocoa. This bottling is pure dessert all day long, with a long, dry, tannic finish that doesn't think for a moment about turning bitter.
Long finish. Powerful, spice driven. A combination of cherry, cola, tobacco, cocoa and spice drops. Long marshmallow sweetness, a big creamy texture and the finish carries for quite some time.
This isn't a sip you won't easily forget. With a plethora of toasted releases dropping, this is easily the most exceptional of the bunch so far. For the price, it better be, but Barrell knew their goal, and set out to craft something worthy of their oldest stocks, and this takes toast exquisitely.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.