Barrell Dovetail Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Barrell Dovetail

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  • Distiller:

    Undisclosed

  • Bottler:

    Barrell

  • ABV:

    61.45%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The long finish has lingering spices and hints of fruit, chocolate, and toasted bread. Very complex and well-balanced!
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: This whiskey is like an orchestra or composition you don’t think will work but totally does. It may seem a little weird when you consider all that’s involved, but there’s also a fun richness and weird blending and tuneful quality to it.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: If you’re a Barrell fan interested in exploring something a little different, then this is one to definitely seek out.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: The palate is chewy, with dried cherries, grape soda, root beer candy, roasted walnuts, dark chocolate, black pepper, ginger, graham cracker, cinnamon cookie, and lush leathery oak. Good development, if you have the patience to linger.
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  • Raided Score: 84
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: I think it’ll do very well in cocktails, but as a sipper, it’s not fully coming together for me.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Like so many of Barrell’s releases, this one is a surprisingly easy sipper at cask strength, but a few drops of water temper the pepper on the palate while amplifying more classic baking spice notes and turning those dark fruits more tropical. A fine addition to the Barrell family.
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  • Raided Score: 84
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Sweet, creamy and mouth-pleasing at the first taste, it heads off into a bold, tannic and quite hot direction, with a breathless and somewhat minty finish.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: I thought this was a very good whiskey and can tell that a lot of time and effort was put into balancing the flavors so none would overpower the others. It is very well balanced and complex.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Maybe the most dessert forward release I’ve had from Barrell but I’m super into it.
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  • Intro:

    Barrell Dovetail was a labor of love in the blending department over at Barrell Craft Spirits - taking almost a year to get right. It's a blend of straight whiskeys finished in Rum, Port, and Cabernet wine casks, bottled at a hefty 62.26% ABV.

  • Nose:

    Nougat, gingerbread, clove, butter cream. All sweet and dessert on the nose.

  • Taste:

    Sweet once more. Rich on the palate. Honey, praline, some pepper, flaky pastry. Caramel. A hint of candied orange. Lovely.

  • Finish:

    Long finish. Sweet and creamy. Candied oranges, some lemon bar, a great oak structure and some pepper to close out.

  • Overall:

    Maybe the most dessert forward release I’ve had from Barrell but I’m super into it.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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