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Barrell Bourbon Batch 033

Barrell Bourbon Batch 033 is a marriage of high-rye barrels and high-corn barrels ranging in age from 5 to 9 years old. The high-rye barrels were chosen for their distinct stone fruit, black pepper, and nutmeg notes. The high-corn barrels were chosen for their rich butterscotch, coffee, and citrus notes. Two sets of barrels mingled together for two months, then the balance was adjusted for the most optimal combination.

Barrell Bourbon Batch 033
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  • A blend of straight Bourbon Whiskeys

  • Distilled and aged in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana

  • Selection of 5, 6, 7, and 9-year-old barrels

  • Aged in American white oak barrels

  • Bottled in Kentucky

  • 116.6 proof cask strength bottling



  • Ultimate Spirits Challenge - 2023

    • 93 Points

  • ASCOT Awards - 2023


  • Cigar & Spirits - 2022


  • John Barleycorn Awards - 2022

    • GOLD


Barrell Bourbon Batch 033 displays all the complexity of a blend of different distillates given time to blossom. Barrel character adds some diverse leafy notes at the margins without an overabundance of extractive woody or spice notes.


Appearance: Citrine set in yellow gold.

Nose: Pear, lemon meringue, and shoofly pie set the stage for a bourbon deftly balanced between freshness and maturity. A bouquet of jasmine, nasturtium, and dandelion speak to a youthful exuberance, while peppermint and gentian root depict an oak barrel just creeping in. A gentle savory character expands into edamame, macadamia nut, and mesquite smoke.

Palate: Champagne, applesauce, and candied grapefruit peel show ample maturity without an excessive oak. The baking spice character is dialed up slightly, exhibiting cocoa powder, allspice, star anise, and juniper.

Finish: A burst of heat rides a wave of minerals across the palate that include limestone, beach sand, and salt-water taffy. Geranium, elderflower, and chamomile reinforce the nose’s bouquet. The finish fades to the slightly bitter prickle of returning gentian root and lime peel, wiping the palate clean.

With a splash of spring water

The palate grows much more viscous; it’s rich and sweet with vanilla buttercream. The savory notes intensify, with pickled caper, fried mushroom and hush puppies leading the way. The fruity notes expand dramatically to include nectarine, honeydew melon, passionfruit, and coconut cream.


Whiskey is a Journey tastes five Barrell releases in their Friday Flight Fight. Watch to find out which blend takes first place!

UPROXX includes Batch 034 in "The 100 Best Bourbons Of 2023 (So Far), Ranked," saying, “This blend is an old-school bourbon through and through.”

UPROXX sips on Batch 034 during a blind tasting, saying, "This was a whiskey that just kept going. There was no end and you didn’t want there to be."

The ASCOT Awards
announces the 2023 results, with Batch 033, Private Release Bourbon CSX8, and Private Release Bourbon GXA1 winning Double Platinum

Bourbon Bytes says Barrell Craft Spirits is “one of the greatest blenders of bourbon” in this tasting of multiple BCS products.

The Whiskey Jug reviews Batch 033, calling BCS "a powerhouse bourbon blending company."

Maxim includes Batch 033 in "The Best Bourbons of 2022," saying "The crew over at [BCS] are among the most prolific arbiters of great whiskey."

The Bourbon Wrench includes Batch 033 in their Top Bourbons of 2022, calling it an "exceptional batch." Skip to minute 12:35 to see what they had to say.

Power of Bourbon ranks Batch 033 #3 in their Top 16 Bourbons of 2022.

EveryDay Drinker includes Vantage and Batch 033 in their roundup of the Top 10 Bourbons Released in 2022, calling Batch 033 "absolutely fantastic."

Whiskey Raiders includes Batch 033 in their roundup of the “Top 10 Whiskeys Under $100 to Start Your Home Bar With,” saying, "Barrell Craft Spirits is one of the best whiskey blenders in the U.S., bar none."

The Bourbon Finder includes Batch 033 in their "Bourbon Top Ten 2022," as well as Gold Label Seagrass, Gray Label Dovetail, and Gray Label Seagrass in their "Finished Whiskey Top Ten 2022."

Whiskey Tornado tastes Batch 033 on Day 15 of their 2022 Whiskey Advent Calendar, calling it "a gorgeous, really well-balanced bourbon."

Liquor Hound tastes Batch 033, saying it's "really well blended."

Whiskey Raiders includes Batch 033 in their roundup of "6 Barrel Proof Bourbons You Can’t Miss," calling it "extremely well balanced." 

Abandon Bourbon reviews Batch 033, calling it an “introductory complex pour.”

It’s Bourbon Night talks with Will Schragis of BCS as they sip on Barrell Vantage and Batch 033.

Dusty Dan’s Whiskey Reviews sips on Batch 033, saying, “this is a very unique batch of Barrell.”

Whiskeyfellow reviews Batch 033, saying, "Barrell Craft Spirits is one of the more consistently excellent blenders around."

Malt Muser Whisky Reviews sips on Batch 033, calling it "damn good stuff."

Eat Kentucky Podcast reviews Batch 033, saying, "if you don't have a bottle of Barrell bourbon on your shelf, then Batch 033 is a great place to start."

Inside Hook features Batch 033 in “The Best New Whiskeys to Drink This August.”

Sara Havens from
The Alcohol Professor reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 033 in the article, “7 New Whiskey Releases You Will Want to Try This Summer.”

Bourbon Kingdom tastes Batch 033, saying "it has all the good things that you want in a bourbon."

Whiskey Raiders includes Batch 033 in "5 Available Whiskeys That Are Perfect Fall Pours," saying, "There are few operations as well suited to blending and consistent innovation as Barrell Craft Spirits."

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