Whisky Advocate Editor's Choice for Winter 2019
Breaking News We’re honored that Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 was rated 94 points and selected as Whisky Advocate Winter 2019 Editors’ Choice. Executive Editor Jeffery Lindenmuth calls it “A multifaceted bourbon that is as intriguing as it is delicious.” His tasting notes read "Sweet and toasty aromas, like a coconut macaroon, are balanced with bright green apple in this showstopper of a bourbon. Secondary notes include alluring five-spice, cigar box, and dark cherry fruit. The flavors really fulfill expectations, as toasty notes of brown butter meet delicate spice, candied peanuts, and grilled peaches. But wait for the finish! A cascade of gingery and peppery spices, grilled peaches, and pecan descend in perfect harmony." Barrell Bourbon Batch 020 also received high marks, with a rating of 92 points by Jeffery Lindenmuth. He called it "Strikingly mature and rich ...The palate shows a lot of gusto and while it certainly doesn’t need water, a splash rewards by unleashing the ample oak, coupled with heaps of Peanut Chews, dried apple, and more leather on the beautifully balanced finish."
As we continue to gain recognition of our blending expertise, we have decided to approach our distillery in a different way, on a larger scale, to have an impact on our blending. We've updated our equipment and completed the installation of two 6,000 gallon Vendome blending tanks and related proprietary custom equipment that reflects our unique blending techniques. This new equipment along with our existing equipment allows us to simultaneously blend multiple projects and enables us to experiment with new techniques that we created. In addition to new releases coming out this year, we are thrilled to continue our partnership with Dunn Vineyards and have entered a new set of Indiana whiskeys in their Cabernet Barrels for our next release of Dovetail. We are also forging along with our American Vatted Malt releases. Each one uses the same core American Single malts with slight variations on ages and barrel use. We also include new single malt distillery partners in the project as we come to agreements with them.
Keep your eye out for some recent reviews we've received: Drinkhacker rates Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 an A saying "The finish is long and caramel covered with a bit of wet tobacco and cinnamon sugar..” Batch 022 earns an A- "oily with a healthy spice and a mix of candy notes: clove chewing gum, orange rock candy, and a little Tootsie Roll.” Adventures in Whiskey calls Batch 021 "Another appetizing release from the meticulous minds at Barrell Craft Spirits. Highly recommended." Bourbon Culture reviews Batch 021 saying "There’s no denying this is a premium bourbon because the complexity and layers revealed more and more with every sip.” Whiskey Jug describes Batch 021 as "A beautiful bourbon blend" and says Batch 022 is "Nice… quite nice. The Aroma sits easy and layered with the darkly sweet and rustic notes that fill this whiskey." Modern Thirst reviews Batch 019 "The sweetness of corn and the nuttiness is a wonderful sign that the blend of these two bourbons was well executed and not just an afterthought.” In addition, Barrell Bourbon Batch 020 was listed in Forbes Holiday Gift Guide 2019 and Barrell Bourbon Batch 009 was listed as one of The 20 Best Bourbons of the 21st Century (So Far) in the Robb Report.
Thirsty? We’ll be pouring Barrell Bourbon and other great releases at multiple whiskey events in the next few months. In January we'll be at the Mohegan Sun Food and Wine Fest, Denver Winter Whiskey Festival, and Jersey City Whiskey Fest. February will find us at the Houston Whiskey Social, Colorado Whiskey Tasting Festival, the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, Orlando Whiskey Fest and Buffalo Whiskey Riot. Check Facebook and our website for complete listings. We appreciate every retailer, bar and restaurant that carries our products. Be sure to tag us if you're holding a tasting or posting a photo because we're happy to promote it on social media. And if you'd like to help us grow organically, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to help get the word out about Barrell Craft Spirits.
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