Barrell Bourbon Batch 026

Barrell Bourbon Batch 026 was created by combining 9, 10, 11, 13 and 15-year-old barrels in several blending steps. The first was a fusion of 9-year-old high rye barrels peppery and pointed on the palate, 10-year-old oak forward barrels, and sweet, toasty 11-year-old barrels for mouthfeel and classic baking spice notes. The second balanced citrus forward 10, 12 and 15-year-old barrels with spicy, floral 9-year-old high rye barrels. These two blends were gradually co-mingled resulting in an intriguing bourbon that dances between fruit and spice long into its finish.

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PRESS

Barrell Bourbon Batch 26 listed as one of Drinkhacker's Top 10 Whiskeys of 2021
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Kara Newman of Wine Enthusiast gives Barrell Bourbon Batch 026 93 points, saying, "look for a bold vanilla bean aroma and dusty nutmeg and black pepper at first sip."

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Drew Beard of Drinkhacker reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 026, calling it "a standout release"
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Whisky Advocate includes Barrell Bourbon Batch 026 on their list of the 10 Highest-Scoring Whiskies in the Spring 2021 Buying Guide.
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​Whisky Advocate gave Barrell Bourbon Batch 026 a 93 in their spring rating guide.
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In their recent review of Barrell Bourbon Batch 026, Breaking Bourbon described BCS as, “a rock band at the top of their game producing hit after hit.”
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The Whiskey Wash rates Batch 026 4.5/5 and describes it as "rich and heavy with molasses and chocolate cream pie but not overly sweet."
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Good Spirits News reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 026, calling it a “truly amazing, and a fantastic whiskey that everyone should try at least once in their lives,” and giving it a rating of “A+++.”
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Bourbon Culture reviewed Barrell Bourbon Batch 026, saying, "the sheer volume of flavors, textures and scents really set this one on another level."
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Barrell Bourbon Batch 026 featured in American Whiskey Magazine, where Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler give their own tasting notes and each rate this release higher than a 9.0
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Barrell Bourbon Batch 026 is included on Vine Pair's list of The 30 Best Bourbons for Every Budget (2021), where it was described as, "simply fantastic."
 

  • A blend of straight Bourbon Whiskeys

  • Distilled and aged in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana

  • Selection of 9, 10, 11, 13, and 15-year-old barrels

  • Aged in American white oak barrels

  • Bottled in Kentucky

  • 112.64 proof cask strength bottling

AWARDS

  • Ultimate Spirits Challenge - 2021

    • 92 POINTS

  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2021

    • DOUBLE GOLD

  • ASCOT Awards - 2021​

    • GOLD

  • John Barleycorn Awards - 2021​

    • DOUBLE GOLD

  • Fred Minnick - Best American Whiskey Competition - 2020

    • BEST BLEND OF STRAIGHTS​

  • ​Whisky Advocate rating of 93

FLAVOR NOTES

Like a well-aged Sauternes, a complex array of fresh, dried, and cooked fruits dominates the aroma, supported by pungent florals and a delicate layer of barrel-spice. The palate is concentrated and extractive, having pulled quite a lot of sugar and peppery spice from the cask. Water tames it, bringing forth a panoply of tropical fruits on the nose and creamy desserts on the palate.

Neat

Appearance: Pumpkin pie. 

Nose: Immediately bright and fruity, smelling of white peach, creamy coconut, and prickly rhubarb, followed by dried or cooked fruits, among them golden raisin, candied grapefruit peel, and roasted red pepper. Pungent florals are intermixed, notably rosehip and meadowsweet. As one’s nose adjusts, richer, sweeter notes of beeswax, toasted almond, and tiramisu arrive. They sit atop a dusting of allspice, spearmint, ginger ale and charcoal.

Palate: A bit brash, but well balanced and with only modest tannin. Initially the flavor is dark and complex, on molasses, black cherry soda, and root beer barrel candy. The palate is rounded out by slate, salt, green apple and a little horseradish.

Finish: Advances the cooked-fruit theme put forth by the nose, cycling through candied grapefruit peel, grape jam, cardamom and allspice. It fades with a mineral tingle of iron and wood smoke.

With a few drops of spring water

Tropical fruit aromas become the focus, particularly starfruit, pineapple, and limoncello. Geranium and vanilla lend to the exotic feeling. The palate grows richer and silkier, with toasted pumpernickel, quince paste, mocha and horchata.