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Barrell Foundation


Barrell Foundation is the first Barrell Craft Spirits non-cask strength bourbon. We applied the same meticulous, scientific approach to blending that we put behind all of our products to this 100-proof release. Our goal was to create a versatile, easy-drinking, full-flavored bourbon perfect for enjoying neat or over ice. It's also a natural choice for cocktails that benefit from a slightly lower proof.

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Barrell Foundation Bourbon is a blend of bourbons from Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, and Maryland, all ranging in age from five to nine years. Twenty-three percent rye in the mash bill gives Foundation richness and complexity, while the approachable proof point brings out lush sweetness and dark fruit. Your Old Fashioneds will never be the same. 


Kentucky: 8 years old

Indiana: 5, 6, & 9 years old

Tennessee: 8 years old

Maryland: 5 & 6 years old


Corn: 73%

Rye: 23%

Malted Barley: 4%

  • 100 proof

  • Crafted and bottled in Kentucky

  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition - DOUBLE GOLD (2024)

  • Whisky Advocate rating of 91

  • World Whiskies Awards 2024 - Best Blended Bourbon

  • World Whiskies Awards 2024 - Gold

  • Whiskey Raiders 2023 Best Whiskey Awards

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Appearance: Golden amber.

Nose: An initial wave of honey, candied-strawberry, dark cherry, and grilled cantaloupe greet you. Notes of lavender and fennel emerge and are balanced by cocoa, brown butter, and cardamom. Grilled peaches and hazelnut linger, followed by a burst of lemon and lime zest with a touch of oily, waxy fruit peel.

PalateMaple pecans, dark chocolate and cinnamon unfold and are quickly followed by rich flavors of tiramisu and cardamom cake, with a mouthfeel to match. This expands to include hints of fennel, lemongrass, and lemon zest, balancing the creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel.

Finish: Creamy and sweet, emphasizing cinnamon, toffee, vanilla pudding.

With a splash of spring water

Even more viscous and creamy with the vanilla pudding evolving into bananas foster. The citrus zest and the lemongrass become more elevated with notes of orange sherbet.


The Bourbon Hutch includes Barrell Foundation in their video, 7 Delicious Bourbons for Spring

VinePair gives Barrell Foundation a score of 91


Whiskey Knows tastes Barrell Foundation and says "This is a hitter, no hands down."


Michael Veach and Matt Kohorst taste Barrell Foundation and say "this is a very good 60-80 dollar product"

The Whiskey Channel Dotcom! features Barrell Foundation, calling it "very complex"

Paste Magazine includes Barrell Rye Batch 004 and Barrell Foundation in their list of the Best Whiskeys of 2023.

Barrell Foundation wins Best American Blended Whiskey 12 Years and Younger at the 2024 World Whiskies Awards

What We're Drinking with Dan Dunn pairs Barrell Foundation with Memphis ribs

Vinepair rates Barrell Foundation a 91 stating "The brand’s first non-cask strength release, Barrell Foundation is budget-friendly and flavorful bourbon with broad appeal to almost every drinker."

SLB Drinks enjoys Barrell Foundation in a blind tasting

Whiskey Channel Dot Com sips on Barrell Foundation, saying the flavors "work so well together"

The Bourbon Judge gives a "buy" rating to both Barrell Foundation and Barrell Bourbon New Year 2024

Whiskey Raiders reviews Barrell Foundation, calling it "super solid"

Bourbon Junkies taste Barrell Foundation, giving it an A+

The EveryDay Drinker sips on Barrell Foundation

2TEN90 sips on Barrell Foundation, calling it a "winner"

Your Drinking Buddy reviews Barrell Foundation, calling it, "Barrell's best release of the year"

Whiskey Raiders includes Barrell Foundation Bourbon as one their Top Whiskeys Released in October 2023.

Good Spirit News reviews Barrell Foundation Bourbon and calls it "A solid bourbon designed for mixing flavor forward cocktails."


Foodsided reviews Barrell Foundation: "The blending that was done on this is simply incredible... This release could be a game-changer for BCS

Man of Many reviews Barrell Foundation: "Foundational in name and concept alike, it’s the debut in a new series of non-cask-strength bourbons, delivering exceptional balance and flavour at a lower ABV."

Whiskey Fellow reviews Barrell Foundation saying "I believe Joe and his team took on a huge risk, which seems to have paid off."

The Spirits Business "With growth comes change, and Barrell Craft Spirits is leaning in. The Louisville-based blending house just celebrated its 10th anniversary, and begins a new chapter with Foundation, the brand’s first non-cask strength whiskey, announced earlier this month...While cask strength had previously been core to the Barrell identity, founder Joe Beatrice said above all else, they remain blenders who are committed to releasing the very best products they can, regardless of proof."

Robb Report gives Barrell Foundation a score of 93, saying "this 100-proof whiskey should make you very happy

Paste Magazine reviews Barrell Foundation, saying, "This will be a superb everyday addition to the Barrell lineup."

Business Wire highlights Barrell Foundation Bourbon, the new 100-proof expression from Barrell Craft Spirits.

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