Barrell Bourbon Batch 021

Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 is the culmination of two separate projects used to contrast one another. The first is a blend of 10-year-old barrels from TN, IN, and KY. We sorted these barrels into 3 groups by their most defining characteristics: one group of the most corn-forward and buttery barrels, one group of the woodiest barrels, and one group of easy-drinking lower proof barrels. The result was three different ingredients, each designed to bring a particular aspect to the final product. 

The balancing of these three ingredients proved difficult as the woodier ingredient so easily dominated the other two, but also brought a viscosity and mouth feel that we found very intriguing. Ultimately, we chose to integrate 18 carefully chosen 14-year-old barrels into the final blend. This allowed us to keep the dry, woody, and palate coating characteristics we loved so much in the 10-year-old blend by accenting them with a fruitier, gentler 14-year-old component. The result, Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 is a wonderfully autumnal bourbon, built on a dry toasty backbone with hints of butter and fruit layered in for complexity and contrast. 

Barrell Bourbon Batch 021
  • A blend of straight Bourbon Whiskeys

  • Distilled and aged in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana

  • Selection of 10 to 14-year-old barrels

  • Aged in American white oak barrels

  • Crafted and bottled in Kentucky

  • 106.34 proof cask strength bottling

  • Mash bill: corn, rye and malted barley

AWARDS

  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2020

    • BEST BOURBON

    • BEST SMALL BATCH BOURBON

    • BEST SMALL BATCH BOURBON 6-10 YEARS

    • DOUBLE GOLD

  • Whisky Advocate rating of 94

  • Whisky Advocate Editor’s Choice Winter 2019

 

FLAVOR NOTES

Tangy berries in a dry, oaky nose lead to a rich and nutty palate that showcases exotic notes of sumac and rose. The berries return in a long, spicy finish.

Neat

Appearance: Oiled Leather.

Nose: Opens with a tangy blackberry note supported by a dry oaky character. Blonde tobacco, sunflower seeds, iced tea, and cardamom are gradually joined by a growing peppermint note. Sweeter pastry notes such as cider donut, apricot danish and Turkish delights can be found. While not as floral as some batches, the nose is lifted by Creme Yvette, milkweed, pollen and peach skin. Slate and ginger ale offer a refreshing counterbalance.

Palate: Rich and nutty, cocoa butter supports ample macadamia nut, nougat, and tonka bean. Orange blossom honey and apricot are joined by more exotic notes of rose, loganberry and sumac.

Finish: The blackberry note from the nose returns alongside elderberry, and quince paste that evolve into lingering spicy notes of cocoa nib, aniseed and raspberry leaf.

With a few drops of spring water

The pastry and floral notes grow bolder, exhibiting almond croissant, hazelnut spread as well as buttercup, heather and saffron. The palate grows earthier, on licorice root, cassia bark and chestnut honey, while the finish dries out with crabapple, cranberry, and Amarena cherry.

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PRESS

Inside Hook picks Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 as “Something Great” in These Are the Only 5 Bourbon Bottles You Need
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The Bourbon Culture reviews Barrell Craft Spirits releases both old and new in their article of the 10 Best Whiskeys From Barrell Craft Spirits.

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Hosts Matt and Mark of the Bourbon Life podcast talk with Tripp Stimson, master distiller of Barrell Craft Spirits about Tripp's past experience in the bourbon industry, what's coming up for BCS, and spends time tasting and reviewing Barrell Bourbon batches 020, 021, and 022.
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Dads Drinking Bourbon catch up in the studio while sipping some Barrell Bourbon Batch 020, Bourbon Batch 021, and American Vatted Malt.

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Today's Editor's Pick In Forbes, By Brad Japhe
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Maxim writes about Barrell Bourbon Batch 021: This Blended Whiskey Has Been Crowned Best Bourbon Of The Year
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Business Wire: Barrell Craft Spirits Batch 021 Named “Best Bourbon” At The 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
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Whiskey Jug describes Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 as "A Beautiful Bourbon Blend.”
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Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 listed as Editor's Choice in the Winter 2019 Guide of Whisky Advocate Magazine
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Bourbon Culture reviews batch 021 saying "there’s no denying this is a premium bourbon because the complexity and layers revealed more and more with every sip.”
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Drinkhacker rates batch 021 saying, "the finish is long and caramel covered with a bit of wet tobacco and cinnamon sugar.”
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Adventures in Whiskey reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 "another appetizing release from the meticulous minds at barrell craft spirits. highly recommended."