Uproxx ranks Gold Label Bourbon #2 in "The 100 Best Bourbon Whiskeys Of 2022, Ranked," saying, "This is 21st-century bourbon at its best — perplexing, provocative, and profound." Barrell Vantage and Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023 also made the list.
Jake Emen of Man Talk Food reviews BCS Gold Label Bourbon, giving it a score of 93.
Breaking Bourbon sips Barrell Gold Label: “there is no debate when it comes to the fact that Barrell Gold is a great bourbon.”
Whisky Advocate reviews Barrell Gold Label, giving it a high score of 92
Drinkhacker reviews Barrell Gold Label Bourbon, saying, “you’ll be hard pressed to find anything else quite like this on the shelves.”
Whiskeyfellow reviews Barrell Gold Label Bourbon, saying, “stupendous. It is gorgeous. It is delicious. It is amazing.”
Barrell Craft Spirits Gold Label listed in 50 Things We Want by Brobible
Barleycorn Drinks includes BCS Gold Label in their 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Barrell Craft Spirits Launches Limited-Edition and Ultra-Rare BCS Gold Label Bourbon
Matured for 18 years
Distilled and aged in IN, KY and TN
Crafted and bottled in Kentucky
102.2 proof cask strength bottling
Barrell Craft Spirits Gold Label Bourbon is a blend of straight bourbons aged up to 18 years. Barrels for this release were selected from four different collections: barrels with rich cherry and nutty notes, spicy tropical fruit-forward barrels, barrels with pronounced herbal and dark chocolate notes, and barrels with oak-forward coconut notes. The last group underwent a secondary maturation in toasted virgin American oak casks before being added to this intricate and seductive blend.
Beneath the bright and concentrated esters lies a rich and creamy heart of maple walnut ice cream and a firm oaky backbone.
Appearance: Golden russet.
Nose: Concentrated, bright, and fruity. There are so many distinct flavors packed into this whiskey that they seem to appear and disappear in rounds for as long as you can concentrate. Quickly tangerine, mango, and lime zest unwind followed by pineapple, passionfruit, and toasted coconut flakes. Once the nose adjusts, cream soda, syrup smothered French toast, and Nutella emerge. These are framed by a mineral side, contouring the decadence with clay and gunpowder.
Palate: Focused squarely on a deep, mature woodiness. There’s a surprising restraint shown on the secondary oak usage with gentle and subtle like vanilla and clove. Instead, a more complex flavor emerges, reminding me of old cedar chest, freshly cut pine, and coconut husk. Some spirit character does peek out at the periphery, most noticeably in notes of sweet cherry and tart apple. Moroccan mint tea, mahlab, and harissa lend a welcome complexity.
Finish: The herbal notes arrive first, with a burst of celery, dill, and allspice. The heat fades to reveal lingering creaminess on the palate showcasing notes of nougat, praline, and white chocolate.
With a few drops of spring water
A bouquet of floral notes erupts from the glass: meadowsweet, elderflower and chamomile in the lead. The palate, on the other hand, develops instead along toasted coconut and curry.