Dovetail took almost a year to get right, from blending to labeling, all coming together in a seemingly perfect point. We have produced limited releases of Dovetail using the same ingredients and process. With each bottling, there are proof variations.
Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2022
BEST SPECIAL BARREL-FINISHED WHISKEY at the Ascot Awards - 2021
DOUBLE PLATINUM at the ASCOT Awards - 2021
BEST AMERICAN WHISKEY at the John Barleycorn Awards - 2021
DOUBLE GOLD at the John Barleycorn Awards - 2021
CHAIRMAN'S TROPHY at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge - 2020
TOP 100 SPIRITS (97 POINTS) at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge - 2020
Double Gold (96 POINTS) at the New York International Spirits Competition - 2020
Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2019
Gold (Whiskey: Barrel Finished category) at Whiskies of the World - 2019
Whisky Advocate rating of 90
Dovetail is blended to highlight some of our favorite flavors. Woody bourbon; terroir driven Dunn Cabernet; toasted French oak; Late Bottled Vintage Port pipes; black strap molasses casks; all working in tandem to create a buttery and deep whiskey as unique as it is delicious.
Appearance: Rose gold with highlights of worn copper.
Nose: Opens with mature aromas both sweet (canelé, panna cotta, crème de noyaux) and savory (walnut oil, leather). This is followed quickly by a vast array of fruit derived both from the spirit (smoked apricot, grapefruit peel) as well as the cask treatment (sloe gin, damson jam). The aroma is high toned, pungently floral and herbaceous, with subtle, balancing pops of minerality.
Palate: Darker (cocoa, molasses, burnt marshmallow) and spicier (cola, nutmeg, Tellicherry peppercorn) than the nose, an effect well-complemented by the cask treatment and rendered more complex by the savory and herbaceous themes running throughout.
Finish: A sweet and elegant signature of rose jelly, chestnut honey, and Pineau des Charentes that also features hazelnut, eucalyptus, and Corsican mint.
With a few drops of spring water
An unexpected avalanche of orange and tropical notes of watermelon, lychee and vanilla on the nose.
NOTABLE PRESS FOR DOVETAIL
Gear Patrol features Barrell Dovetail in their article titled The Best Bourbons to Buy in 2022, According to Experts
Christopher Devern from Red Owl Tavern selects Barrell Dovetail in an Uproxx feature titled, "Bartenders Name Their Absolute Favorite Whiskey Sips Of 2021"
Weekly Whiskey lists Dovetail as one of Ten Bottles of Whiskey You Need to Start 2022 the Right Way, saying, “it will scratch an itch you did not know you had”
Barrell Dovetail is included on Susannah Skiver Barton’s list for Men’s Journal of 5 Affordable Limited-Edition Bourbons and Whiskeys You Can Actually Find.
Barrell Rye and Dovetail included on Dusty Dan’s Whiskey Reviews’ list of the Top 10 Whiskies of 2020. Barrell Rye was described as “one of the best ryes [he] had tried all year,” and the finishing on Dovetail was noted as being “absolutely phenomenal.”
Barrell Dovetail was ranked #4 on Uproxx's list of The Best Bourbons of 2020, where it was described as being "a well-rounded dram with serious depth."
Uproxx includes Barrell Dovetail on their list of The Best Limited Edition Bourbon Releases Of 2020, calling this year's bottling, "another multi-award-winning masterpiece."
We’re honored to earn the highest award at International Beverage Competitions with a Double Gold Win for Barrell Dovetail. Bourbon Batches 023 and 024 won Gold.