Barrell Bourbon Batch 007B
While bottling Barrell Bourbon Batch 007, we decided to keep a few barrels behind for research and development purposes. A month later, bottles of Barrell Bourbon Batch 007 had flown off the shelf faster than we ever could have imagined. And so, back to the old, Old Taylor warehouse we went to load up the remaining barrels of Batch 007 and truck them down to the bottling line. When we tasted them again, something had changed. In a mere 14 weeks the onset of summer, the agitation of two truck rides, and the general mystery of Bourbon maturation had taken hold. We had a much woodier, mellower Bourbon at a slightly lower proof. This was not our light and buttery Barrell Bourbon Batch 007 anymore, but it still WAS barrels from batch 007... and Batch 008 was already on the way. Our solution? Barrel Bourbon Batch 007B, our smallest batch yet.
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Distilled and aged in Tennessee
Crafted and bottled in Kentucky
120.2 proof cask strength bottling
Aged for 5 years in Char #4 American white oak barrels
Mash bill: 70% corn, 25% rye, 5% malted barley
Appearance: Deeply golden and viscous with soft, clear edges contrasting with swirls of darkness in the middle. Further movement reveals dense, natural fats and oils that funnel downwards, punctuated by soft globules of butter and cocoa nib with hints of charred cornhusk.
Nose: Deep warming throughout the depths of your olfactory make for a profound and textured scent. Sweet smokiness accentuated by the impression of Caribbean spices and tropical cane sugar. Each nasal inhale begets another, increasing the aromatic sense of sweet plums and their drying pits.
Palate: Soft and lustrous across the tongue with opulent richness and concentration that entices.
Finish: Slowly cooked nutmeat interspersed with sweet apricot marmalade. Each drop tantalizes with suggestions of graham crusted banana cream pie in a luxuriously sensual and multi-minute conclusion.
With a few drops of spring water
Soft and light across the tongue eddying quickly into the depths of the slowly fermented grains. Every drop of water adds mystery as it interacts with the oily surface of this hand-crafted whiskey. Firm and unyielding, the addition of cool water makes this distinctive whiskey stand up and carry its fervor down your throat with pronounced alacrity.
Tasting Notes by Warren Bobrow, The Cocktail Whisperer