Bourbonic reviews Barrell Bourbon New Year 2021, noting the palate is where the "blending mastery and magic" are going on.
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."
Drew Beard of Drinkhacker reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 026 and 027. Beard calls Batch 026 "a standout release" and notes Batch 027's "remarkable concentration of flavor."
Whisky Advocate includes Batch 026 on their list of the 10 Highest-Scoring Whiskies in the Spring 2021 Buying Guide.
Barrell Seagrass was recently reviewed by The Bourbon Finder, who called It, “complex and luxurious” and rated it an A-.
Whisky Advocate gave Barrell Bourbon Batch 026 a 93 in their spring rating guide.
Breaking Bourbon calls Barrell Bourbon Batch 027, “a bright, sweet, and fruit-fueled flavor bomb,” and declares it, “yet another crowd-pleasing blend.”
The Bourbon Bard reviews Barrell Seagrass, awarding it a 93.4/100, and calls it, “another delicious multi-finish blend from Barrell Craft Spirits.”
VinePair lists 8 Things You Should Know About BCS
Robb Report lists Armida as one of The 11 Best Cask-Finished American Whiskeys
Whiskey Fellow reviews Seagrass, stating, “Barrell Seagrass may be the most unique whiskey I've ever tried.”
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.”
Barrell Craft Spirits Introduces Barrell Seagrass
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."
The Trend Spotter includes Barrell Craft Spirits on their list of the 30 Best Bourbon Brands America Has To Offer.
Barrell Bourbon Batch 025 was featured on Uproxx's list of The Best Bottles Of Bourbon Whiskey Between $80-$90, where BCS was called, "one of the best blenderies in the bourbon game right now."
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.”
In their review of Barrell Bourbon Batch 026, Breaking Bourbon described BCS as, “a rock band at the top of their game producing hit after hit.”
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.
Luxatic includes Barrell Craft Spirits on their list of 10 Best Bourbon Brands You Will Surely Love.
Our Assistant Blender Nic Christiansen was included in The Bourbon Review's article Founders & Creators: 22 Women of Whiskey, a list that highlights the growing role of women in the whiskey business.
Batch 027 included on Food and Wine's list of The 9 Best Bourbons to Start Your Collection, where it was described as, "a cherry bomb of a whiskey."
The Whiskey Wash reviewed the third bottling of BCS Bourbon, rating it a 4.5/5 and saying, "the fruit profiles make this bourbon feel fanciful and perfect for a special occasion."
Associate Editor Ted Simmons includes Barrell Bourbon Batch 025 in Whisky Advocate's list of 5 High-Quality Barrel-Proof Bourbons to Try Now.
Fred Minnick includes Barrell Bourbon on his list of 10 Bourbons to Start Your Collection, calling it, "absolutely delicious bourbon."
In a review of Barrell Bourbon Batch 026, The Whiskey Wash rates this release a 4.5/5 and describes the palate as "rich and heavy with molasses and chocolate cream pie but not overly sweet."
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."
Robb Report includes Barrell Tale of Two Islands on their list of the 21 Best Rums of the 21st Century (So Far), Ranked
Barrell Craft Spirits was featured in Elite Traveler's article The Best Bourbon Brands in the World for our Private Release Bourbon series.
New Bourbon Drinker rated Single Barrel Rye M249 a 96/100, describing it as "spice and candy and sweetness and just a little hug."
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.”
Brbnry reviewed Barrell Bourbon Batch 027, calling the palate, “full, nuanced, and balanced,” and declaring this release to be “blended to near perfection.”
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."
Bourbon Culture reviewed Barrell Bourbon Batch 026, saying, "the sheer volume of flavors, textures and scents really set this one on another level."
Barrell Bourbon New Year 2021 was reviewed by Drinkhacker, where it was described as "creamy with a generous, warming heat but exceedingly approachable, even at cask strength."
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.”
Barrell Rye Batch 003 was featured in Esquire, where it was referred to as “one of the best releases to hit the shelves in 2020.”
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.”
Whiskeyfellow reviews five samples from the Barrell Private Release Bourbon series, providing a comprehensive profile of each, as well as their ratings.
Barrell Armida was recently reviewed by Drew Beard of Drinkhacker, who described the palate as “bold and rich with a rock candy sweetness that turns more brown sugar and molasses as it evolves.”
Wine and Whiskey Globe calls BCS Bourbon, “another powerful winner.”
Good Spirits News reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 026, calling it a “truly amazing, and a fantastic whiskey that everyone should try at least once in their lives,” and giving it a rating of “A+++.”
WhiskeyFellow names Barrell Dovetail as the Best American Whiskey of 2020, calling it “the easy stand-out” of the year.
Is there such a thing as too much whiskey? See what BCS founder Joe Beatrice thinks in this article from Inside Hook.
We’re happy to be included in's "List of 11 delicious American craft whiskies I tried for the first time this year."
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.'
BCS Bourbon included in Men's Health "Top 50 Best Gifts for Whiskey Lovers"
Looking for a comprehensive review of Barrell Bourbon? The Bourbon Bard put together a list of reviews for Batches 015-026. Check it out below!
Whiskey Apostle reviews the third bottling of BCS Bourbon, calling it "well balanced and rich."
We love it when a bartender selects our bourbon in an UPROXX roundup.
Dovetail featured in the 2020 Food and Wine's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide
Dovetail was ranked #4 on Uproxx's list of The Best Bourbons of 2020, where it was described as being "a well-rounded dram with serious depth."
Breaking Bourbon reviews the third bottling of BCS Bourbon, calling it, “arguably the best one yet.”
Adventures in Whiskey reviews Batch 025, saying, “Barrell has done it again.”
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.”
Business Wire: Barrell Craft Spirits Launches Private Release Bourbon Series
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."
Brad Japhe includes the 2020 bottling of BCS Bourbon on his Forbes list of the World’s Best Bourbon Whiskey: 2020 New Releases, calling it, "a truly captivating sipping experience."
Drink Hacker reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 025, saying, “lots to enjoy in this one from beginning to end,” and calling it, “another winner.”
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.”
My Bourbon Journey reviews Bourbon Batch 025 and gives tasting notes, calling this release, "a solid, very drinkable bourbon."
Uproxx includes Barrell Dovetail on their list of The Best Limited Edition Bourbon Releases Of 2020, calling this year's bottling, "another multi-award-winning masterpiece."
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.
As the days get colder, it's time to start making one of our favorite cocktails: the hot toddy. Check out this recipe by Amir Babayoff, the head bartender at Ophelia in New York City:
Bourbon Culture reviews Barrell Armida, saying, "Barrell Armida will challenge and reward your senses with a wide array of flavors and aromas not typically found in bourbons or ryes."
Paste Magazine on Barrell Bourbon Batch 025: A bigtime crowd pleaser.
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."
Gateway City Whiskey Society recently reviewed Barrell Dovetail, noting, "there is a great kick to start off that transforms to a very smooth and sweet taste, causing you to want more."
Barrell Craft Spirits Bourbon featured in American Whiskey Magazine.
The Whiskey Jug reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 024, saying, "it's diverse in its delivery across the senses and keeps you coming back for more."
Business Wire: Barrell Craft Spirits Introduces Newest Bottling of BCS Bourbon
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."
Bourbon Smith reviews Barrell Rye Batch 003, calling it "a really well developed rye."
Business Wire: Barrell Craft Spirits Introduces Barrell Armida
Brian Freedman includes Rye Batch 003 on his Forbes Wines Of The Week column: it’s a delicious rye that more than deserves a spot on the shelf.
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."
Whiskeyfellow reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 024 saying, "Barrell did a stellar job blending barrels" with this recent release.
The Bourbon Culture reviews Batch 025, stating "the star of the show is this Tiramisu flavor with emphasis on the espresso beans and cinnamon on top."
Interested in learning more about the Barrell Craft Spirits Private Release Whiskey line? Check out Bourbon Culture’s two-part article series below!
Interested in learning more about the Barrell Craft Spirits Private Release Whiskey line? Check out Bourbon Culture’s two-part article series below!
Barrell Craft Spirits Launches in the Land Down Under
We’re honored to earn the highest award at International Beverage Competitions with a Double Gold Win for Barrell Dovetail. Our Bourbon Batches 023 and 024 won Gold.
HiConsumption includes Barrell Craft Spirits on its list of 12 Small-Batch Whiskey Distilleries You Should Know, saying that “Barrell is one of the most exceptional stand-outs.”
Whiskeyfellow reviews Barrell Dovetail, saying “I'd buy this one all day long.”
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."
Uproxx includes Barrell Bourbon Batch 023 on their list of Bourbons that Perfectly Bridge The Gap Between Summer And Fall, calling this release a “highly nuanced, complex bourbon.”
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."
Richard Thomas of The Whiskey Reviewer writes that sipping Barrell Whiskey Private Release AH14 was reminiscent of "eating a caramel pear [..], albeit one with a more candied character than the norm."
BUSINESS WIRE – Dovetail Awarded Chairman’s Trophy at the 2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge
The Bourbon Culture reviews Barrell Craft Spirits releases both old and new in their article of The 10 Best Whiskeys from Barrell Craft Spirits.
Uproxx includes 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."
Mark Bylok of Whisky Buzz reviews Barrell Rye Batch 003, calling it "a beautiful blend" that is "gentle on complex flavour, and heavy on spice."
Paste Magazine includes Batch 023 on their list of Five More Whiskeys We're Revisiting During Quarantine, saying "it contains some oak-forward influences, maple and distinctive nuttiness."
Mark Bylok of Whisky Buzz reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 023, saying it "hits the mark of being a standout high proof bourbon."
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."
Whiskey Consensus reviews Barrell Dovetail, calling it "a very good whiskey" and noting that it is "well-balanced and complex."
Bevvy reviews Barrell Rye Batch 003, stating that this release takes "creamy vanilla and dry, crackling spice — and neatly folds them into one complementary package."
Departures Magazine includes 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 Bourbon Culture reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 024, deeming it "simply excellent," and declaring "this is the one to get."
Brad Japhe's write up of Barrell Craft Spirits' Private Release Program featured in the Wall Street Journal.
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.
The Alcohol Professor includes Barrell Dovetail in their list, "New American Whiskey to Try, and Old Favorites to Revisit."
Today's Editor's Pick in Forbes, by Brad Japhe
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. 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."
The Whiskey Jug reviews Infinite Barrel Project, calling it "sweet and interesting," with a finish that is "nice with the sweet and spicy fade."
Men's Journal includes Barrell Bourbon Batch 023 among the Best Bourbons of 2020, calling it deserving of respect and attention.
The Whiskey Jug reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 023 calling it an "oaky, sweetly rustic bourbon”
Uncrate calls Barrell Rye Batch 003 a "multi-layered rye" with a "caramel-rich profile" and a finish of "candied fruit and spice."
Paste Magazine calls Barrell Bourbon Batch 023 a "powerful bourbon, but supple at the same time" and Barrell Rye Batch 003 "a very pure expression of the rye grain itself.”
Business Wire: Barrell Craft Spirits Batch 021 Named “Best Bourbon” at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Maxim writes about Barrell Bourbon Batch 021: This Blended Whiskey Has Been Crowned Best Bourbon Of The Year
Robb Report includes Barrell Private Release J860 on their list of The 15 Best Rums You Can Buy Right Now
Inside Hook: The Story Behind Barrell, The Year's Best, Most Untraditional Bourbon
Barrell Craft Spirits founder, Joe Beatrice, interviewed on The Bourbon Whiskey Daily Show
Beverage Dynamics Interview with Founder Joe Beatrice and Master Distiller Tripp Stimson
Forbes Magazine: Bourbon’s Rule Breaker: How Barrell Craft Spirits Upblended The Whiskey Industry
Esquire Includes Barrell Bourbon On Their List Of The 10 Best Bourbon Whiskey Brands To Drink Right Now
Maxim includes Barrell Bourbon Batch 020 in its “10 Best New Bottles For Bourbon Heritage Month”
Barrell Bourbon listed on The Manual's 9 Best American Barrel Proof Whiskeys to drink now
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.”
Drinkhacker says Batch 023 "Drinks older than its age statement with a lush finish full of toasted pecans, cherry Juice, and baked apples. Another year, another winner from Barrell."
Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 listed as Editor's Choice in the Winter 2019 Guide of Whisky Advocate Magazine
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.”
Business Wire: Barrell Craft Spirits Releases First-Ever American Vatted Malt
The Whiskey Jug says Barrell Bourbon Batch 022 is "nice… quite nice. The aroma sits easy and layered with the darkly sweet and rustic notes that fill this whiskey."
Whiskey Jug describes Batch 021 as "a beautiful bourbon blend.”
Drinkhacker rates Batch 021 an A and Batch 022 an A-
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.
Adventures in Whiskey reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 "another appetizing release from the meticulous minds at Barrell Craft Spirits. Highly recommended."
Whiskey Reviewer picks the best from 20 batches of Barrell Bourbon
Drinkhacker reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 020: A nice marriage of both styles that shows why Barrell is proud to be called a blender.
Drinkhacker gives Barrell Craft Spirits 15-Year-Old Bourbon an A
The Whiskey Wash: Barrell Craft Spirits Brings American Single Malts Into One Bottling
Breaking Bourbon reviews Barrell Bourbon Batches 018 and 019: With these latest batches Barrell continues to impress, and live up to its premium price point.
Modern Thirst reviews Barrell Bourbon 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.”
Drinkhacker gives Barrell Bourbon Batch 019 an A-
Bourbon & Banter reviews Barrell Dovetail
Barrell Craft Spirits Wins Double Gold Medals Once Again At The San Francisco World Spirits Competition
The Whiskey Jug gives Batch 19 an A-: Fantastic, delicious and dynamic bourbon that snags your attention with the nose and then keeps you coming back sip after sip with what it delivers on the palate.
Bourbon & Banter reviews Barrell Craft Spirits 15-Year-Old Bourbon: “This bourbon checks all the boxes for me.”
Breaking Bourbon reviews Barrell Dovetail: Barrell Craft Spirits continues to impress with a whiskey release layered in flavors that’s as satisfying as it is unique
Drinkhacker gives Barrell Bourbon Batch 019 an A-
Adventures in Whiskey gives Barrell Dovetail a 9/10
Bourbon Smith calls Barrell Dovetail, “a great bourbon with all the best elements of rum, port and cabernet, expertly compiled into one delicious bottle.”