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Follow Joe's Personal Selections!

We are thrilled to announce the release of Joe’s Playlist, a collection of small releases available exclusively online. From each series of Single Barrels and Private Releases, Joe will make a selection or set of selections that embodies that specific project or lot of barrels. As most of our Single Barrels and Private Releases go to one specific retailer or club, this is our way of offering special picks to our friends and supporters regardless of where they reside. There are only 130-180 bottles per “Track”, and a limit of 2 bottles per track per person. We can’t wait to hear what you think. The first three “Tracks” on Joe’s Playlist will become available just as this email goes out and can be ordered here. We have no idea how long they will be available. Joe’s Playlist Track #1  “Hungarian Fair” Private Release Whiskey AH02, finished in a Tokaji Barrel  121.42 proof On the nose, Private Release AH02 reminded Joe of the smells and tastes he remembers from county fairs. Corn on the cob, funnel cake, strawberry milkshakes. We named it for two things: that particular set of olfactory sensations and the country the finishing barrel came from.  Joe’s Playlist Track #2 “Genesis” 4-Year-Old Single Barrel Indiana Rye MG01  119.56 proof Rye Single Barrel MG01 has been waiting to be released in our distillery for almost a year. It wins any blind taste we do. It was, in some ways, the impetus for Joe’s Playlist, and so it is named “Genesis”. Joe’s Playlist Track #3 “Spice Exotica” 13-Year-Old High Rickhouse aged TN Bourbon D322 113.62 proof Bourbon Single Barrel D322 is zippy, spicy, and sharp, all things that Joe loves. We named it for its multiple layers of exotic spices. Pink peppercorns, cloves, cardamom… this barrel is no quick experience, its pallet is a long trip for sure.  Join members of the Barrell Blending Team when we taste these in July. Follow us on Eventbrite so you can see when this tasting is scheduled. Want to learn more about Barrell Craft Spirits and the team? Come to our Virtual Open House on June 25th.

Here Now

Our first 24 Private Release Whiskeys, the AH Series, have been released across the country. These 24 unique blends focus on a series of 18-year-old Kentucky Whiskey, and each is finished in its own secondary barrel or cask. Some of the finishes include Ice Wine, Sauternes, PX Sherry, Armagnac, Scotch, and Calvados. Our next group of Private Release Whiskeys, the BH Series, is slowly making its way across the country as well. If you're interested in learning where to purchase these barrels, check our Whiskey Private Release page where we list their locations. (We've begun listing the locations of the Private Release rums here as well.)

Recent Accolades Did you miss Brad Japhe's writeup of our Private Release Whiskeys in the Wall Street Journal? Check it out here. Whisky Advocate lists Barrell Bourbon Batch 023 as one of its 7 Barrel Proof Bourbons To Try Now, calling it "a really well-balanced whiskey, with sweetness, spice, and fruit working in harmony," and rating it a 92. Departure Magazine included Barrell Rye Batch 003 among its list of 15 High End Spirits to Give Dad This Father’s Day, calling it "bright and vibrant with big spice and fruit notes." The Alcohol Professor includes Barrell Dovetail in their list, "New American Whiskey to Try, and Old Favorites to Revisit." Uproxx includes Barrell Bourbon Batch 023 on their list of The Best New Bourbons Of 2020 (So Far) saying "the velvet feel of this whiskey sticks in your senses." VinePair includes Barrell Craft Spirits among their 30 Best Bourbon Whiskeys for Every Budget (2020), and calls Batch 023 “the product of considered, masterful blending." Paste Magazine recently reviewed both Barrell Rum Private Release J802 and B903 calling J802, "almost overwhelmingly flavorful on first sip," and describing B903 as "herbal and grassy on the nose, with notes of green apple and green plantain." Bevvy calls Barrell Rye Batch 003 "creamy vanilla and dry, crackling spice and neatly folds them into one complementary package." Bourbon Culture reviews Batch 024, deeming it "simply excellent," and declaring "this is the one to get."

Many thanks

If you're a bar or retailer that wants to do a Virtual Tasting with us, send an email to We're happy to participate. Coming up next is our tasting with Joe Canal's Fire Road in NJ.Click here to learn more and register.

We appreciate every retailer, bar and restaurant that carries our products.Be sure to tag us if you're 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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