Fatherly includes Barrell Seagrass on their list of The Best Whiskey of 2021…So Far, saying, "with every sip the mouth is greeted with a wash of tropical fruit, followed by a flow of vanilla, herbal notes and rye spice."
Barrell Armida is included on Uproxx’s list of The Best Bottles Of Bourbon Whiskey Between $100-$125, where it was described as having a “super clear pear note that is so pear, you’ll think you’re about to eat a perfectly ripe one.”
The Whiskey Wash includes Barrell Craft Spirits in their article The Independent American Whiskey Bottler Arises In The United States, calling BCS, "a company that prizes and has been successful with innovation."
Brobible features Barrell Bourbon Batch 027 on their list of 50 Things We Want: Bourbon, New Laptops, And More Of This Week’s Best New Gear For Guys, noting that this release “could be a perfect Father’s Day gift this year.”
Whisky Advocate highlights BCS Founder Joe Beatrice in their #TasteWithSpace series. Senior Editor Susannah Skiver Barton recaps Beatrice’s interview with Associate Editor Ted Simmons, emphasizing the meticulous nature of the work of BCS.
Drinkhacker reviewed four bottlings of the Barrell Craft Spirits Infinite Barrel Project, saying, "audiences with an open-minded approach to having their sensibilities challenged, or those interested in a front-row seat to witnessing a master blender’s deft skills in action, would be hard-pressed to find a more intriguing series on the market."
Barrell Bourbon Batch 026 was featured in American Whiskey Magazine, where Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler give their own tasting notes and each rate this release higher than a 9.0. Stevens rounds out the review by commenting, "Get excited folks, a truly traditional Bourbon with beautiful complexity and balance."
Whiskey Raiders includes BCS Bourbon in their article These Bourbons Are The Perfect $GME Pickups While You Sell or Hold The Line, saying, "bold oak, rich tobacco and old dusty notes give this release a bouquet of flavors and as a result, its 91 rating on Whiskey Raiders is no surprise.
Barrell Craft Spirits was featured in Jake Emen’s Distiller article, Bourbon Blending: Brands Emphasizing the Blend. “Combining these different bourbon whiskeys together to create a unique product isn’t something Barrell Craft Spirits is hiding from. On the contrary, it’s the whole point.”
Adventures in Whiskey reviewed Barrell Armida, describing the “playfulness between the crisp orchard fruit and the herbal and rum-like qualities,” and declaring that Armida “excels in its development of flavors.”
Bourbon Culture reviewed New Year 2021 Bourbon, saying, "this year’s release has found the perfect formula of starting off fresh and bright followed by a sweet center and then evolving to finish like it was a well-aged single barrel."
Executive Editor Jeffery Lindenmuth of Whisky Advocate selected Barrell Bourbon Batch 025 as one of the three Standout Whiskies From Winter 2020. Lindenmuth described Batch 025 as having a palate that is "wonderfully dense with fruit, including flavors of marmalade, strawberry jam, and bright tropical fruits, woven with more spice."
Whiskey Apostle reviewed Barrell Bourbon Batch 027, calling the palate “sweet and thick with cherries and honey, vanilla, pepper spice, oak, raisins, cinnamon, and chocolate fudge,” and rating it a “Must Try.”
Garden and Gun included Barrell Bourbon New Year 2021 on their list of 6 New and Distinctive Bourbons to Add to Your Collection, where it was noted that “the 113.9 proof bourbon is layered with fresh, fruity flavors.”
Barrell Rye Batch 003 is included on Paste Magazine's list of the Best Whiskeys (and More!) of 2020, where it is described as having "notes of fresh rye grain, pumpernickel bread and caramel-coated green apples.'
Barrell Armida was included on Maxim’s list of The Best New American Whiskeys of 2020, noting that the unique blend creates a “complex whiskey that pairs ripe, floral pear notes with hints of spice and citrus.”
Thrillist includes Barrell Craft Spirits on their Holiday Gift Guide, "The Best Gifts for Whiskey Drinkers, According to a Master Distiller," saying, "for a bourbon-lover, it's hard to go wrong with anything they make."
Richard Thomas of Whiskey Reviewer reviews Barrell Whiskey Private Release AH18, noting that “this armagnac-polished whiskey has a golden look to it, and a nose that smacks of apples, pears and vanilla.”
We're excited to announce our Whisky Advocate Magazine Fall 2020 ratings. Our Private Release Whiskeys AH02, AH08, and AH10 all scored a 94. Additionally, Bourbon Batch 024 earned a 93, and Private Release AH05 and AH14 both scored a 92. Check out our results below.
Breaking Bourbon reviews Barrell Armida saying "As you journey through this whiskey from its aroma to its palate and finally to its finish, you realize it’s on an entirely different level ... Such a complex and unexpected combination of flavors it will challenge even the most experienced whiskey drinkers."
In his recent article on Distiller, Jake Emen delves into the "Magic of Blending," calling BCS blending "a work of art whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts, ready to surprise and delight the aficionados who seek it out."
Susan Reigler includes Barrell Craft Spirits in "Finishing school: Whiskeys that spend time in secondary barrels," saying, "each expression is limited and will certainly appeal to adventurous whiskey lovers."
Paste Magazine reviews both Barrell Private Release Whiskey AH04 and AH18, describing AH04 as "quite sweet and very rich, fruit forward and also a spice bomb from start to finish," and calling AH18 an "intense, spicy cinnamon here that is very much of the “Big Red” variety."
Drinkhacker reviews Barrell Rye Batch 001 and Batch 003, awarding these releases with a B+ and an A-, respectively. Of Rye Batch 001, they describe the finish as "generous with a gently warming heat and a subtle note of cocoa powder," while noting that the palate of Rye Batch 003 is of "slightly smoky maple syrup and green caramel apples."
Whiskey Culture reviews Barrell Dovetail, giving it a 4/5 and noting that "the blend moves through the sweetness of the port and rum in the nose, to savory in the palate, and dry and earthy on the finish."
The Manual includes Barrell Bourbon Batch 024 on their list of The Best American Whiskey For Every Kind of Father, calling this recent release "rich with dark chocolate, orange, and black pepper notes."
Joe Beatrice offers insight into Barrell's blending process in this Distiller article by Jake Emen, providing step-by-step suggestions for at-home whiskey blending, and sharing hints from years in the trade.
Paste Magazine recently reviewed both Barrell Rum Private Release J802 and B903. They called J802, "almost overwhelmingly flavorful on first sip," and described B903 as "herbal and grassy on the nose, with notes of green apple and green plantain."
Whisky Advocate gives Barrell Bourbon Batch 023 a rating of 92, including it on their list of the 7 Barrel Proof Bourbons To Try Now, calling it "a really well-balanced whiskey, with sweetness, spice, and fruit working in harmony."
Uproxx includes Barrell's American Vatted Malt Whiskey on their list of Small Batch Whiskey for Summer Sipping. Pete Stanton, head bartender at Ai Fiori in New York City, is quoted in the article, calling this whiskey "perfect for sipping or a bold stirred cocktail."
Adventures in Whiskey says Barrell Bourbon Batch 022 “comes across as lively and aromatic. The folks behind Barrell Bourbon are always looking to present something interesting in each batch, and they’ve certainly achieved their goal here.”
Breaking Bourbon reviews Batch 023 saying "as Joe Beatrice and Tripp Stimson of Barrell Craft Spirits go to great lengths to make every batch different, batch 023 once again succeeds in providing quintessential Barrell Bourbon characteristics that i’ve come to love, but with its own unique spin."
Adventures in Whiskey on Barrell Whiskey American Vatted Malt: the development in the nose and palate is astounding. Just when I think i’ve nailed a particular flavor, two more appear. It’s vibrant, complex, and most importantly delicious.