Barrell Bourbon Batch 008
Batch 008 is full bodied and complex, while accessible for 132.8 proof. It’s a spicy whiskey, but not as sweet as the nose suggests. It falls high on the spicy and dry scale.With darker sweetness, firmer oak, and thrilling heat, Batch 008 requires more thought but is all the more enticing because of it.
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Distilled in Tennessee
Aged in Tennessee and Kentucky
Crafted and bottled in Kentucky
132.84 proof cask strength bottling
Aged for 9.5 years in American white oak barrels
Mash bill: 70% corn, 25% rye, 5% malted barley
Whisky Advocate rating of 88
Late season summer sweet corn eaten buttered and salted on the cob interspersed with dried morel mushrooms that evoke the sense of walking through shafts of sunlight filtering down through a forest. Delectable fermented grains enrobed in flakey gooey apple pie. Slow cooked grits and the subtle sweetness and crispness of oak are found in the indelible finish.
Appearance: Brightly golden with elasticity at its edges, tumbling down into itself delightfully. Additional turbulence brought by spins of the wrist offer swirling vortexes of fat and bubbles showing both molten sugar syrup and steaming hot brown butter. This bourbon shows intense concentration.
Nose: Exotic spices smolder ethereally before being overtaken with a slow, syrupy sensation in your olfactory. The enticing veneer of sweet cream and an open air spice market comes through as well. Each sip finishes with further aromas of praline, bitter chocolate nibs, and dry, late summer hay.
Palate: Richly textured in a myriad of layers. Reminiscent of a dried apricot dipped in sweet milk chocolate mixed with a confit of early summer strawberries, it is highly nuanced.
Finish: The warming sensation across your tongue is finely tuned, evoking the experience of Sichuan cuisine. The strong first impression dissipates into a pleasant warming with further sips belying the 132.84 proof heat.
With a few drops of spring water
Old fashioned soda fountain-style bittersweet chocolate ice cream sundae topped with crunchy, dried cherry granola topping leads to rich apricot jam across the back of your teeth. Crushed salt-slicked minerals amid long stewed orange marmalade appear coating the tongue. Velvety, the thick and enduring finish makes you take notice and demands further sips.
Tasting Notes by Warren Bobrow, The Cocktail Whisperer