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VINEPAIR

VinePair includes Barrell New Year Bourbon 2024 in their list of The 30 Best Bourbons for 2024

UPROXX

Uproxx calls Cask Finish: Tale of Two Islands a "must-have"

ROBB REPORT

Robb Report features BCS Founder, Joe Beatrice, discussing the importance of balance in high proof whiskey

VINEPAIR

Vinepair rates Barrell Foundation a 91 stating "The brand’s first non-cask strength release, Barrell Foundation is budget-friendly and flavorful bourbon with broad appeal to almost every drinker."

WORLD WHISKIES AWARDS

Barrell Foundation wins Best American Blended Whiskey 12 Years and Younger at the 2024 World Whiskies Awards

MEN'S JOURNAL

Men's Journal includes Barrell Seagrass as one of the Best Bourbons for an Old Fashioned

VINEPAIR

VinePair reviews Barrell New Year Bourbon 2024, saying, "Barrell Bourbon takes the bold step of blending liquid from eight different states — and pulls it off as few others could do."

WALL STREET JOURNAL

Thank you to The Wall Street Journal for featuring Barrell New Year Bourbon 2024 in their Arts & Culture section as one of this winter's most sought after bottles.

PASTE MAGAZINE

Paste Magazine reviews Barrell's New Year Bourbon, calling it a "really fun blend, and one that feels quite apropos for the celebration of the holiday season."

INSIDE HOOK

Inside Hook lists Barrell Rye Batch 004 as one of its 10 Best High-Proof Rye Whiskeys in 2024, calling it "excellent and complex"

DRINKHACKER

DrinkHacker calls Barrell Bourbon New Year 2024 "the best New Year release yet"

BREAKING BOURBON

Breaking Bourbon lists Barrell Cask Finish: Amburana as one of the Best Finished Whiskeys of 2023, saying, "Barrell was able to find a level of balance that’s incomparable to any other Amburana finished bourbon out there."

DRINKHACKER

DrinkHacker reviews Barrell Cask Finish Series: Amburana and Tale of Two Islands

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders say Barrell Bourbon New Year 2024 is a "great way to usher in 2024" and "demonstrates Barrell is adept at staying on its toes while releasing unique, multi-provenance whiskey blends all year long."

BREAKING BOURBON

Breaking Bourbon discusses blending with Joe Beatrice and Tripp Stimson in their article titled, Changing the Game: Blending's Past, Present, and Future Through the Lens of American Whiskey's Preeminent Blender

INSIDE HOOK

Inside Hook calls Barrell Bourbon New Year 2024 ideal for "holiday parties where you have to balance complexity and crowd-pleasing flavors with a story."

WHISKY ADVOCATE

Whisky Advocate ranks Barrell Bourbon Batch 035 as #11 in their Top 20: The Most Exciting Whiskies of 2023.

PASTE MAGAZINE

Paste Magazine includes Barrell Rye Batch 004 and Barrell Foundation in their list of the Best Whiskeys of 2023.

INSIDE HOOK

Inside Hook Explains Why Barrell Remains Their Favorite Whiskey Blender

BREAKING BOURBON

Breaking Bourbon reviews Barrell Bourbon Cask Finish: Tale of Two Islands calling it "so unlike anything else on the market, that it's difficult to fully wrap your tastebuds around"

WHISKY ADVOCATE 

Whisky Advocate rates Barrell Rye Private Release 1S20 a 92

WHISKY ADVOCATE

Whisky Advocate rates Barrell Bourbon Batch 035 a 93

BREAKING BOURBON

Breaking Bourbon reviews Barrell Bourbon Cask Finish: Amburana stating, "if there is any Amburana finished whiskey that might make them a believer in the finishing style, this is the one."

MOSTLY BOURBON

Mostly Bourbon reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 035, saying it "has a lot of great well-balanced flavors"

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders includes Barrell Foundation Bourbon as one their Top Whiskeys Released in October 2023.

GOOD SPIRIT NEWS

Good Spirit News reviews Barrell Foundation Bourbon and calls it "A solid bourbon designed for mixing flavor forward cocktails."

GEAR PATROL

BCS Gray Label Bourbon "Best Blended Bourbon" in Gear Patrol's The 23 Best Bourbons to Drink in 2023.

WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE

Wine & Spirits Magazine selects Barrell Vantage as Best Bourbon of the Year

FOODSIDED

Foodsided on Barrell Foundation: "The blending that was done on this is simply incredible... This release could be a game-changer for BCS

MAN OF MANY

Man of Many reviews Barrell Foundation: "Foundational in name and concept alike, it’s the debut in a new series of non-cask-strength bourbons, delivering exceptional balance and flavour at a lower ABV."

BOURBON PRESS

The Bourbon Press team says Batch 034 is "The classic bourbon notes and sweet flavors of aged barrel culminate into a truly unique and satisfying experience."

WHISKEYFELLOW

Whiskeyfellow reviews Barrell Foundation saying "I believe Joe and his team took on a huge risk, which seems to have paid off."

THE SPIRITS BUSINESS

"With growth comes change, and Barrell Craft Spirits is leaning in. The Louisville-based blending house just celebrated its 10th anniversary, and begins a new chapter with Foundation, the brand’s first non-cask strength whiskey, announced earlier this month...While cask strength had previously been core to the Barrell identity, founder Joe Beatrice said above all else, they remain blenders who are committed to releasing the very best products they can, regardless of proof."

 

VINEPAIR

VinePair lists Seagrass as one of it's 25 Most Important Whiskeys of 2023. "In 2021, this release seemingly came out of nowhere to become an immediate sensation among critics, drinkers, and online whiskey fans"

THE BOURBON FINDER

The Bourbon Finder reviews Barrell Cask Finish: Tale of Two Islands praising Barrell's "outside-the-box thinking that crafts finished whiskey like nothing else. This is a limited edition product I could really see flying off the shelf. "

VINEPAIR

Vinepair Next Wave Awards names Nic Christiansen Master Blender of the Year.

TASTING TABLE

Tasting Table includes Barrell Bourbon in their roundup of 30 Top-Shelf Bourbons You Should Know, saying, "few years have gone by without Barrell garnering international acclaim for their barrel-strength, small batch whiskey."

ROBB REPORT

Robb Report gives Barrell Foundation a score of 93, saying "this 100-proof whiskey should make you very happy"

BUSINESS WIRE

Business Wire highlights Barrell Foundation Bourbon, the new 100-proof expression from Barrell Craft Spirits.

DISTILLERY TRAIL

Distillery Trail interviews BCS Founder Joe Beatrice in this article titled “Is Blending Still a Dirty Word?” Watch as Joe gives a 21st-century take on blending.

BREAKING BOURBON

Breaking Bourbon reviews Batch 035, calling it a "must-have for Barrell Bourbon fans who enjoy a sweet-forward pour."

PUNCH

Jake Powell, Bar Manager at Death & Co. in Denver, selects Barrell Vantage as The Best Bourbon for an Old-Fashioned in this Punch article.

PASTE MAGAZINE

Paste Magazine reviews Barrell Foundation, saying, "This will be a superb everyday addition to the Barrell lineup.


BOURBON LENS

Bourbon Lens reviews two Barrell Cask Finish Bourbons, saying Cask Finish: Amburana "is my favorite Amburana finish ever!"

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders calls Barrell Rye Batch 004 a "mega rye" in "The 8 Best Whiskeys We Tasted In September 2023."

COURIER JOURNAL

Courier Journal includes Barrell Cask Finish Bourbon in their Holiday Shopping Guide of Bourbon Gift Ideas.

FORBES

Forbes highlights Barrell Craft Spirits' new blending and bottling facility in their article, "More Barrell Bourbon And Rum Is On Its Way."

LOUISVILLE BUSINESS FIRST

Louisville Business First speaks with Joe Beatrice about Barrell Craft Spirits' ribbon cutting ceremony, calling the new blending and bottling facility "the beginning of the next phase of our business."

BUSINESS WIRE

Business Wire covers the grand opening of Barrell Craft Spirits' new blending and bottling facility in Louisville, KY.

COURIER JOURNAL

Courier Journal chats with Joe Beatrice and Nic Christiansen about the new blending and bottling facility for Barrell Craft Spirits. Joe states, "It’s been a long time in the making. Taking a step back and looking at it was pretty impressive."

UPROXX

UPROXX lists Cask Finish: Tale of Two Islands and Cask Finish: Amburana in their roundup of Delicious New Bourbons For Bourbon Heritage Month.

WHISKEY APOSTLE

Whiskey Apostle reviews Cask Finish: Tale of Two Islands, describing the palate as "dark chocolate, fruity with orange, coffee, grapefruit, lemon, caramel with subtle peat and pepper."

WINE & WHISKEY

Wine & Whiskey Globe says Barrell 10th Anniversary Bourbon "lights up the entire palate with heat and honey at first sip, sliding down with a slow burn and plenty of melted caramel sweetness."

 

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders reviews Rye Batch 004, saying, "If rye is your thing, look no farther."

UPROXX

UPROXX includes Rye Batch 004 and Cask Finish: Tale of Two Islands in "The Best Whiskeys We Tasted At The 2023 Kentucky Bourbon Festival."

FORBES

Forbes features Cask Finish Tale of Two Islands in their ‘Whiskey of the Week,’ saying it’s “one you don’t want to miss.”

UPROXX

UPROXX calls Rye Batch 004 "stellar rye whiskey," and says Batch 035 is "another homerun from the Barrell Craft Spirits crew."

WHISKY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders lists Barrell Bourbon Batch 035 and Rye Batch 004 in their recent article, Monthly Roundup: Top Whiskeys Released in August 2023.

BREAKING BOURBON

Breaking Bourbon reviews Rye Batch 004, reporting, "Barrell Craft Spirits’ blending capability is again put into focus with this batch, which doubles down on pure drinkability above all else."

THE WHISKEY REVIEWER

The Whiskey Reviewer says Batch 035 is a "good bourbon whiskey that really shows off Barrell Craft Spirits’ flawless craftsmanship in blending, as well as their ingenious creativity."

WHISKEYFELLOW

Whiskeyfellow awards Cask Finish Tale of Two Islands and Cask Finish Amburana with a "Bottle" rating.

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders names Batch 035 in their roundup of The 8 Best Whiskeys We Tasted In August 2023, saying it's a "must-try" for fans of gingerbread and butterscotch.

 

WHISKY ADVOCATE

Whisky Advocate quotes BCS Founder Joe Beatrice and features Barrell Private Release Whiskey CQ35 in the article, "Tokaji: Whisky's Underrated Barrel Finish."

INSIDEHOOK

InsideHook features Batch 035 and Rye Batch 004 in “The Best New Whiskeys to Drink This September.”

UPROXX

UPROXX ranks Barrell Single Barrel Bourbon Z5G2 by ReserveBar #1 in this blind tasting, saying, "It’s one of those whiskeys that just keeps going and gets more and more rewarding the more time you take with it."

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders calls Barrell Seagrass a "damn-near perfect whiskey" in their roundup of 10 Best Summer Whiskeys to Drink While Staying Cool in the Heat.

UPROXX

UPROXX lists Batch 034 in their roundup of The Best Bourbons for Bourbon Heritage Month, saying, “This is another one that’ll be hard to beat for 2023.”

UPROXX

UPROXX calls Batch 035 a "masterclass in blending" in their blind tasting of limited edition bourbons.

BOURBON CULTURE

Bourbon Culture reviews Batch 035, saying, "This is another great release that still shows us that Barrell excels at making the sum of its components greater than they are individually."

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders gives Batch 035 a score of 90, saying, "This is delicious and should scratch the itch of a drinker looking for a new profile to turn to."

WHISKEYFELLOW

Whiskeyfellow gives Batch 035 a "Bottle" rating, describing notes of milk chocolate and spiced nuts.

INSIDEHOOK

InsideHook describes BCS Gold Label Bourbon as a "high-end bottle [that] offers a richness and depth of flavor beyond the regular batches of Barrell Bourbon, as good as they are."

GOLF.COM

GOLF.com highlights Barrell Dovetail as one of the best cask-finished spirits for summer, describing it as an "assemblage of flavors and aromas."

THE PEOPLE'S BOURBON REVIEW

The People's Bourbon Review sips on Batch 035, describing the palate as "bold but rich with characteristics of warm baked bread."

UPROXX

UPROXX lists BCS Gold Label Seagrass in "The Best Rum-Finished American Whiskeys, Ranked," saying, "You’ll always find something fun, new, and intriguing every time you return to this pour." Barrell Seagrass, Dovetail, and Armida are also included.

INSIDEHOOK

InsideHook includes Barrell Craft Spirits in the article, "The Best Bourbons Under $100," saying, "This is one brand you should absolutely try."

ROBB REPORT

Robb Report features Barrell Private Release Rye, saying, "This new release from Barrell Craft Spirits is one of the most quintessentially “rye” rye whiskeys you’ve likely ever tried, and that’s a very good thing."

ROBB REPORT

Robb Report names Barrell Vantage the best Barrel-Proof Whiskey of 2023 in their ‘Best of the Best’

TASTING TABLE

Tasting Table includes Batch 023 in their roundup of 19 Sourced Bourbons You Should Consider Trying, saying, "This one's a real standout that whiskey lovers still talk about three extremely eventful years of releases later."

INSIDEHOOK

InsideHook includes BCS Gold Label Bourbon in "The Best Rare Bourbons That Are Actually Worth the Cost," saying, "This high-end bottle offers a richness and depth of flavor beyond the regular batches of Barrell Bourbon, as good as they are."

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders describes Barrell Seagrass as “all-star material” in their roundup of the 10 Best Rye Whiskeys Spirits Critic Jay West Has Ever Tasted. BCS Gold Label Seagrass and Gray Label Seagrass are also included.

UPROXX

UPROXX includes Batch 034 in "The 100 Best Bourbons Of 2023 (So Far), Ranked," saying, “This blend is an old-school bourbon through and through.”

UPROXX

UPROXX sips on Batch 034 during a blind tasting, saying, "This was a whiskey that just kept going. There was no end and you didn’t want there to be."

INSIDEHOOK

InsideHook includes Batch 032 in “The 10 Best Sipping Bourbons in 2023,” saying, “You’ll get everything here from cherry to ginger to wasabi to brown butter, with a hint of grassiness.”

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders includes Barrell Seagrass in The Ultimate 2023 Father’s Day Whiskey Gift Guide, saying, “This whiskey has depth and complexity in spades, and it belongs on every whiskey enthusiast’s bar."

ROBB REPORT

Robb Report features Barrell Private Release Rye, saying, "This new release from Barrell Craft Spirits is one of the most quintessentially “rye” rye whiskeys you’ve likely ever tried, and that’s a very good thing."

ROBB REPORT

Robb Report's Best of the Best names Barrell Vantage the best Barrel-Proof Whiskey of 2023, saying, "the soft bursts of flavor belie this hefty ABV, a testament to the blending-and-finishing process." 

INSIDEHOOK

InsideHook lists Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023 in “The Best Bourbons of 2023 (So Far).” 

TASTING TABLE

Tasting Table includes Barrell Craft Spirits in their roundup of The 25 Best Bourbon Brands.

TASTING TABLE

Tasting Table names Barrell Private Release Whiskey DJX2 as one of The 13 Best 2023 Whiskeys So Far.

DRINKHACKER

Drinkhacker reviews Batch 034, saying, “The palate is exceptionally balanced and exceedingly approachable at cask strength with a generous, even warmth and a remarkable depth of flavor.”

HOME BUSINESS

Home Business includes Barrell Vantage in the article, “28 Gifts that Dadpreneurs Will Love for Father’s Day,” calling it a perfect Father’s Day gift for the dads who enjoy fine bourbon.

PASTE MAGAZINE

Paste Magazine features Barrell Private Release Rye 1S20, saying, “All in all, this is just an engaging, stimulating whiskey that is full of flavor.”

ROBB REPORT

Robb Report names Barrell Seagrass as Best Cask-Finished Rye Whiskey in their roundup of The 11 Best Rye Whiskeys to Buy Right Now.

2023 SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION

2023 San Francisco World Spirits Competition awards BCS two Double Gold and five Gold Medals.

2023 ASCOT AWARDS

The ASCOT Awards announces the 2023 results, with Batch 033, Private Release Bourbon CSX8, and Private Release Bourbon GXA1 winning Double Platinum.

2023 ASCOT AWARDS

The ASCOT Awards announces the 2023 results, with Batch 032, Private Release Whiskey DJA2 and Private Release Whiskey DJX2 winning Platinum.

2023 ASCOT AWARDS

The ASCOT Awards announces the 2023 results, with Batch 034 and Private Release Whiskey DSX3 winning Gold.

BREAKING BOURBON

Breaking Bourbon reports "Barrell Bourbon Batch 034 is a testament to the consistency of Barrell Craft Spirits’ blending prowess."

DRINKHACKER

Private Release Blends (PRB GXA1, PRW DJA2, PRW DJX2) - Drinkhacker reviews three Barrell Private Release blends.

UPROXX

Uproxx includes Batch 034 in their roundup of The Absolute Best Bourbon At Every Price Point Between $10-$500, saying, "It’s so wildly deep and fun while truly taking you on a journey."

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders includes Batch 034 in "The 9 Best Whiskeys We Tasted in March 2023," calling it "bold and rich."

HICONSUMPTION

Hiconsumption lists Barrell Vantage as Best Cask-Finished Whiskey in “The 12 Best Small-Batch Bourbon Whiskeys to Drink.”

 

MEN'S JOURNAL

Men's Journal includes Batch 034 in the Best Bourbons to Drink in 2023, calling it "a highly complex, nuanced whiskey."

IMBIBE

Imbibe includes Barrell Seagrass in their roundup of 10 American Rye Whiskies to Drink Right Now, calling it "bright and juicy."

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders includes Barrell Seagrass in their roundup of 20 Essential Whiskeys From Around the World Worthy of Celebrating With, calling it "complex and full of flavor."

BOURBON CULTURE

Bourbon Culture reviews Batch 034, saying, "Barrell shows time and again that they have the ability to create amazing batches out of the stocks they source."

VINEPAIR

VinePair asked bartenders what the most underrated bourbons are in 2023. Kimber Stonehouse of Prime Steak Concepts named BCS, saying, "I’m a fan of everything by Barrell Craft."

WHISKEY CONSENSUS

Whiskey Consensus reviews Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023, saying, "This limited release is a true testament to the company’s commitment to producing exceptional spirits with unique blends and limited releases."

WHISKEY CONSENSUS

Whiskey Consensus calls Batch 034 a "well above average bottle of bourbon that truly shows the remarkable blending capabilities of the Barrell Craft Spirits team."

THE PEOPLE'S BOURBON

The People's Bourbon Review calls Private Release Whiskey DJX2 one of the most flavorful port finished whiskeys.

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders gives Batch 034 an average score of 95, saying, "this release darn near has it all."

NASHVILLE SCENE

Nashville Scene features Batch 034, calling it a "pretty remarkable whiskey," and "another real winner from the team."

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders includes Gray Label Seagrass in the 7 Top Shelf Bourbon and Rye Whiskeys That Are Worth Every Penny, calling it "a perfect whiskey," and says it's "arguably the best bottling from Barrell’s wildly impressive lineup."

WHISKEY APOSTLE

Whiskey Apostle says Batch 034 is "another really lovely dram," giving it a "Must Try" rating.

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders includes Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023 in "The 6 Best Whiskeys We Tasted in February 2023."

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders includes Barrell Seagrass in the article, "Expand Your Palate With These 6 Finished American Whiskeys," saying, "This complex blend features bold notes of spicy rye and grassy notes with lemon-lime, apricot and Madeira wine."

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders includes Batch 034 in their monthly roundup of the Top Whiskeys Released in February 2023.

THE PEOPLE'S BOURBON

The People's Bourbon Review gives Batch 034 a rating of 83, describing the finish as "flavor-packed" and "robust."

THE WHISKEY JUG

The Whiskey Jug reviews Batch 033, calling BCS "a powerhouse bourbon blending company."

WHISKEYFELLOW

Whiskeyfellow reviews Batch 034, describing notes of cherry-vanilla cola, peanut, and dry oak.

WHISKY ADVOCATE

Whisky Advocate features BCS Founder Joe Beatrice in the article, “Tasting Tips From Blenders and Distillers.”

VINEPAIR

VinePair quotes BCS Founder Joe Beatrice, who weighs in on the concept of ‘hazmat’ whiskey.

LOUISVILLE BUSINESS FIRST

Louisville Business First features BCS Founder Joe Beatrice and the blending team. Find out how they concoct a new product using only the basics.

UPROXX

Uproxx includes Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023 in The Absolute Best Bourbon Whiskeys Between $90-$100, Ranked, calling it "a fun and fresh sipper."

UPROXX

Uproxx ties Batch 034 for first place in this blind tasting of Brand New Bourbon Whiskeys. "Delicious, deep, and thrilling. This whiskey has it all and it’s so damn tasty."

UPROXX

Uproxx includes Vantage in this roundup of The Absolute Best Bourbon Whiskey Between $70-$80, Ranked, saying “Barrell Craft Spirits doesn’t miss.”

 

UPROXX

Uproxx ranks Batch 034 #1 in "The Absolute Best Bourbon Whiskeys Between $80-$90, Ranked," saying, “This stuff is so good it makes you shake your head."

MEN'S JOURNAL

Men's Journal includes Gray Label Seagrass in their list of 10 Extra-special Valentine’s Day Whiskies That Show How Much You Care, calling it "rich, oily, and unforgettably different."

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders includes Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023 in their roundup of the 7 Best Whiskeys to Stay Warm With in February 2023, saying, “it’s complex yet easy to drink.”

THE ALCOHOL PROFESSOR

The Alcohol Professor includes Gold Label Seagrass in their roundup of 12 Extravagant Whiskies Worthy of Your Sweetheart.

THE SCOTCH NOOB

The Scotch Noob reviews Dovetail, calling it "tasty" and "robust."

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders gives Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023 an average score of 90, calling it "a chocolate and fruit lover's dream."

MEDIAFEED

MediaFeed lists Gold Label Seagrass in “12 Extravagant Whiskies That Are Worth The Money.”

THE PEOPLE'S BOURBON REVIEW

The People’s Bourbon Review gives Private Release Whiskey DJA2 a rating of 81, describing notes of rhubarb, cola, and tobacco.

THE PEOPLE'S BOURBON REVIEW

The People’s Bourbon Review explores Private Release Bourbon GXA1, calling it "a bourbon drinker's bourbon."

BARRELL CRAFT SPIRITS

Barrell Craft Spirits is pleased to welcome Chris Riesbeck in the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer.

UPROXX

Uproxx includes Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023 in “The 100 Best Bourbon Whiskeys Of 2022, Ranked.”

 

UPROXX

Uproxx includes Vantage in “The 100 Best Bourbon Whiskeys Of 2022, Ranked,” saying "This is just great whiskey from one of the most interesting blenders working in all of whiskey right now."

UPROXX

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."

MAXIM

Maxim includes Batch 033 in "The Best Bourbons of 2022," saying "The crew over at [BCS] are among the most prolific arbiters of great whiskey."

NEWSWEEK

Newsweek calls Vantage "an excellent addition to your liquor cabinet" in the article, "11 Must Try Bourbons, Gins, Tequilas and Canned Cocktails for 2023."

INSIDEHOOK

InsideHook includes Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023 in "The Best New Whiskeys to Drink This January."

UPROXX

Uproxx includes Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023 in their roundup of "Fantastic Barrel Proof Bourbon Whiskeys, Blind Tasted And Ranked," saying "this works on every other level as a tasty sipper or cocktail base."

BREAKING BOURBON

Breaking Bourbon reviews Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023. “A testament to the blending skills of Barrell Craft Spirits, New Year is a very cohesive bourbon and one you would never guess originates from distilleries located in eight different states.”

DRINKHACKER

Drinkhacker reviews Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023, noting classic flavors of caramelized sugars, loads of baking spice, and vanilla custard.

THE WHISKEY REVIEWER

The Whiskey Reviewer explores Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023, describing notes of ginger, cinnamon, and caramel.

WHISKEY IN MY WEDDING RING

Whiskey in my Wedding Ring reviews Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023, saying "The caramel notes on this one are delightful as an end-of-year pop."

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders includes Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023 in their Monthly Roundup: Top Whiskeys Released in December 2022.

MAXIM

Maxim includes Vantage in "The Best ‘Second Finish’ American Whiskeys of 2022," saying BCS has mastered the art of three-barrel finishing.

MEN'S JOURNAL

Men's Journal includes Dovetail in their roundup of 10 Special-Barrel-Finished Whiskeys You Need to Try, saying it's "a memorable whiskey packing flavors of molasses, toasted marshmallows, dried fruits, chocolate, vanilla, and cracked black pepper."

ROBB REPORT

Robb Report features Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders names Gray Label Seagrass "The Best Whiskey of 2022," calling it "nothing short of perfection."

WHISKEYFELLOW

Whiskeyfellow names Vantage their 2022 Bourbon of The Year Runner Up.

BREAKING BOURBON

Breaking Bourbon reviews Gray Label Bourbon, saying "This year's edition of BCS Gray Label Bourbon sticks the landing and continues to strengthen the fact that BCS Gray Label delivers in spades."

WHISKY ADVOCATE

Whisky Advocate ranks Barrell Vantage #3 in their Top 20: The Most Exciting Whiskies of 2022.

INSIDE HOOK

Inside Hook lists Batch 032 in "The 12 Best Bourbons of 2022," calling it an "exceptional release from a whiskey brand that’s redefined the art of blending."

FOOD & WINE

Food & Wine includes Gold Label Dovetail in the article, “28 American Whiskies Worth Splurging on This Year.” "The finished product is powerful and so generous, coating the palate with warm honey and suggestions of molasses, steeped golden raisins and brown sugar."

PASTE MAGAZINE

Paste Magazine features Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023, saying, "this bourbon feels equal parts familiar and slightly exotic, and the balance between sweetness and tannic dryness is a highlight."

MALT

Malt reviews “Nic’s Pick,” a Barrell Private Release Bourbon blend selected by Nic Christiansen, Blender & Manager of Blending Operations at BCS, saying Nic “represents the future of this industry.”

BREAKING BOURBON

Breaking Bourbon releases their latest "Breaking Barrell" Single Barrel Club picks, saying, "The preeminent blender in the bourbon business, the Barrell Craft Spirits team is on top of their game when it comes to blending." 

WHISKEYFELLOW

Whiskeyfellow reviews Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023, saying, "BCS has another winner here."

WHISKEY APOSTLE

Whiskey Apostle reviews Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023, describing notes of roasted marshmallow, cherry, and nutmeg, and giving it a "Stands Out/Must Try" rating.

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders includes Batch 033 in their roundup of the “Top 10 Whiskeys Under $100 to Start Your Home Bar With,” saying, "Barrell Craft Spirits is one of the best whiskey blenders in the U.S., bar none."

BREAKING BOURBON

Breaking Bourbon includes Vantage in their roundup of the "Best Finished Whiskeys," saying, "you’ll want to have a spare on hand so you can keep this finely tuned finished whiskey flowing."

BREAKING BOURBON

Breaking Bourbon reviews Gold Label Dovetail, calling it "unique tasting, incredibly drinkable, and creatively complex."

THE BOURBON FINDER

The Bourbon Finder includes Batch 033 in their "Bourbon Top Ten 2022," as well as Gold Label Seagrass, Gray Label Dovetail, and Gray Label Seagrass in their "Finished Whiskey Top Ten 2022."

THE BOURBON FLIGHT

The Bourbon Flight includes Barrell Craft Spirits in their roundup of the "Top Bourbon Brands of 2022 That Should Be On Your Radar," saying BCS "consistently delivers a high-quality product."

THE PEOPLE'S BOURBON REVIEW

The People’s Bourbon Review calls Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023 "a true winter bourbon," noting baking spices of nutmeg, cardamom, and turmeric.

RESERVEBAR

ReserveBar features Joe Beatrice from Barrell Craft Spirits in their Cocktail Lounge article, “The Magic Is In The Blend.” Read what they had to say about BCS and the artistry behind blending.

WINE ENTHUSIAST

Wine Enthusiast includes Armida and Batch 031 in their roundup of The Best Bourbons for Sipping.

MEN'S JOURNAL

Men's Journal features Gold Label Dovetail. "Pineapple and mango emerge as the stars, surfing across a creamy, almost honey-textured mouthfeel."

UPROXX

Uproxx includes Gold Label Seagrass in "The 50 Best Rye Whiskeys Of 2022, Ranked," saying, "This whiskey is a journey in every sip and takes you deep into the corners of rye whiskey you didn’t know existed."

UPROXX

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.

ROBB REPORT

Robb Report lists Barrell Bourbon as the "Best Blended Bourbon" in the article, "The 12 Best Bourbons to Drink Right Now."

UPROXX

Uproxx ranks Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023 #2 in the article, "Brand-New Late Fall Bourbons, Blind Tasted And Ranked."

TASTING TABLE

Tasting Table includes Barrell Seagrass in their roundup of The 10 Best Whiskeys For A Sazerac, saying “Seagrass is a symphony of fruity, salty, almost green tasting rye whiskey that's unlike anything in recent memory.”

COURIER-JOURNAL

Courier-Journal in Louisville, KY lists Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023 in the article, "Here Are 6 Holiday, or Limited Edition, Bottles of Bourbon You Should Gift This Year."

DRINKHACKER

Drinkhacker reviews Vantage, saying, "it’s remarkably even keeled with the balance and depth of a really well-aged bourbon and the vibrancy of something younger and a bit more exotic."

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders includes Batch 033 in their roundup of "6 Barrel Proof Bourbons You Can’t Miss," calling it "extremely well balanced." 

ROBB REPORT

Barrell Vantage listed as the "Best Cask Finish Whiskey" in the article, "The 15 Best Whiskey Brands, From Bourbon to Scotch."

AMONGST THE WHISKEY

Amongst the Whiskey reviews Vantage, calling it "an incredibly comforting pour."

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders includes Batch 033 in "5 Available Whiskeys That Are Perfect Fall Pours," saying, "There are few operations as well suited to blending and consistent innovation as Barrell Craft Spirits."

THE BOURBON WHISKEY LIBRARY

The Bourbon Whiskey Library reviews Vantage. "This is certainly one to check out if you've ever been on the fence about any Barrell product. The blending is exquisite and the finishes are spot on."

WINE AND WHISKEY GLOBE

Wine and Whiskey Globe highlights Vantage, calling it “Another powerful and powerfully rich offering from the blender.”

NASHVILLE SCENE

Nashville Scene features Barrell Vantage, calling it "a remarkable bourbon, deeply complex and dimensional thanks to the combinations of woods and char levels."

SEVENFIFTY DAILY

SevenFifty Daily features Barrell Craft Spirits as “one of the first of the new breed of indies” in the article, “Meet the New Breed of Independent American Whiskey Bottlers.”

MEN'S JOURNAL

Men's Journal includes BCS Gray Label Bourbon in the article, "These are the Allocated Whiskies You Should be Looking For."

UPROXX

Gold Label Seagrass called "lush and bold" in the article, "Special Barrel-Finished Whiskeys For Fall, Blind Tasted and Ranked."

WHISKEY APOSTALE

Whiskey Apostle reviews Barrell Dovetail, giving it a "Stands Out/Must Try" rating.

BREAKING BOURBON

Breaking Bourbon reviews Barrell Vantage, calling it “a sweet spot between uniqueness, intensity, and drinkability.”

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders includes Gray Label Dovetail in “The 5 Best Whiskeys We Tasted in September 2022,” calling it “sweet, rich, silky and nuanced on the palate.”

INSIDE HOOK

Inside Hook includes BCS Gray Label Bourbon in “The Best New Whiskeys to Drink This October.

 

UPROXX

UPROXX includes Barrell Vantage in a blind tasting of ‘Special Finished’ Bourbons.

GOOD SPIRITS NEWS

Good Spirits News reviews Barrell Vantage, saying "it should be on the shortlist for American Blended Bourbon of the year.”

WHISKEY APOSTALE

Whiskey Apostle reviews Gray Label Dovetail, saying, "If the mission is to not blend in with anything else you might pick up on the shelf – this nails it."

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders reviews Vantage, saying, "It's brimming with unique flavors, tied in with familiar ones."

UPROXX

UPROXX calls Vantage “a fun and fresh whiskey” in “The 30 Best Bourbon Whiskeys For Fall, Blind Tasted & Ranked.”

IMBIBE

Imbibe features Barrell Vantage in their “Drink of the Week” article, describing it as "rich and bold." 

VINEPAIR

VinePair quotes BCS Founder Joe Beatrice in the article, “7 of the Biggest Bourbon Myths, Debunked.”

WHISKEY RAIDERS

Whiskey Raiders reviews Gray Label Dovetail, describing it as “powerful and complex.”

MAN OF MANY

Man of Many features Barrell Vantage. “Each component whiskey is finished separately and then masterfully combined with the others by way of an expert technique.”

LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

The Lexington Herald-Leader features Barrell Vantage.

MEN'S HEALTH

Men’s Health includes BCS Gray Label Bourbon in “The 55 Best Gifts for Whiskey Lovers This Holiday Season.”

WHISKY ADVOCATE

Whisky Advocate features Barrell Vantage, saying, "Barrell is showcasing both its mastery as a blender and a cask finisher."

PASTE MAGAZINE

Paste Magazine reviews Vantage, stating, "If there’s one blender out there in the bourbon space that can always be relied upon to keep pushing the boundaries of experimentation, it’s Barrell Craft Spirits."

WHISKEYFELLOW

Whiskeyfellow reviews Vantage, saying it’s "easy to sip."

WHISKEYFELLOW

Whiskeyfellow reviews Batch 033, saying, "Barrell Craft Spirits is one of the more consistently excellent blenders around."

Inside Hook

Inside Hook features Gray Label Dovetail and Vantage in “The Best New Whiskeys to Drink This September.”

Whiskey in my Wedding Ring

Whiskey in my Wedding Ring reviews Barrell Vantage, noting, “Each of the oak species used are clear at different points in the experience, and each brings something to the blend.”

BroBible

BroBible lists Gray Label Dovetail in 50 Things We Want.

Robb Report

Robb Report includes Gold Label Seagrass in their article, “The 11 Best Cask-Finished American Whiskeys to Drink Right Now.”

Inside Hook

Inside Hook features Batch 033 in “The Best New Whiskeys to Drink This August.”

Esquire

Esquire includes Barrell Craft Spirits in their list of The 12 Best Bourbon Whiskey Brands to Drink in 2022.

Whiskey Raiders

Whiskey Raiders includes Gold Label Seagrass in their latest article, "The 6 Best Whiskeys We Tasted in July 2022"

Distiller

Jake Emen of Man Talk Food reviews BCS Gold Label Bourbon, giving it a score of 93.

Uproxx

BCS Gray Label Whiskey is ranked #2 in this Uproxx blind taste test of The Best Canadian Whisky. “This was a great whiskey from top to bottom that takes you somewhere new.”

The Alcohol Professor

Sara Havens from The Alcohol Professor reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 033 in the article, “7 New Whiskey Releases You Will Want to Try This Summer.”

VinePair

VinePair speaks with BCS Founder Joe Beatrice on the changing role of tech in the spirits industry

John Barleycorn Awards

Barrell Whiskey Private Release DJX1 and Barrell Whiskey Private Release DSX2 win Double Gold medals.

LA Spirits Awards

Barrell Bourbon Batch 031 wins Double Gold while Seagrass, Bourbon Batch 032, Private Release Whiskey DJA1, Private Release Whiskey DJX1, and Private Release Whiskey DSX2 win Gold.

Hiconsumption

Hiconsumption includes Barrell Bourbon Batch 023 in their list of The 10 Best Cask Strength Bourbons to Drink in 2022

Uproxx

Uproxx gives Batch 030 the #1 spot in their list of The Best Blended Bourbon Whiskeys Right Now, calling it "the epitome of modern blended bourbon.”

Gear Patrol

Gear Patrol features Barrell Dovetail in their article titled The Best Bourbons to Buy in 2022, According to Experts

Elite Traveler

Elite Traveler features BCS as one of the Best Bourbon Brands in the World

New York Spirits Competition

Barrell Whiskey Private Release DJX1 and Barrell Whiskey Private Release DSX2 win Double Gold medals.

Ultimate Spirits Challenge

Barrell Whiskey Private Release DJA1 wins prestigious Chairman’s Trophy and Barrell Whiskey Private Release DJX1 is recognized as a Finalist.

Ascot Awards

Batch 030 receives Double Platinum award, while Batch 031 and Batch 032 receive Platinum awards

Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living includes Batch 032 in The 6 Best Bourbons to Gift Dad This Father's Day, saying it’s “For the Dad Who Marches to the Beat of His Own Drum”

InsideHook

InsideHook picks Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 as “Something Great” in These Are the Only 5 Bourbon Bottles You Need

Wine Enthusiast

Kara Newman gives high ratings to Barrell Armida (95), Batch 031 (97), and Batch 032 (95)

Drinkhacker

Drinkhacker reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 031 and Batch 032.

Robb Report
Robb Report reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 032, giving it a score of 96.
Business Wire
Barrell Craft Spirits Unveils BCS Gold Label Seagrass
InsideHook
Inside Hook includes Barrell Bourbon Batch 032 as one of The Best New Whiskeys to Drink This May
Gear Patrol
Gear Patrol names BCS Gray Label Bourbon “Best Blended Bourbon,” stating “Barrell is, at this moment, the best blender of American whiskey there is.” 
Barrell Craft Spirits receives top awards once again at the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Barrell Craft Spirits partners with National Women's Soccer League’s Racing Louisville Football Club
 
Breaking Bourbon
Breaking Bourbon sips Barrell Gold Label: “there is no debate when it comes to the fact that Barrell Gold is a great bourbon.”
Whiskey Raiders
Whiskey Raiders reviews Barrell Batch 032, calling it an “absolute banger of a batch, this release is up there with the greats and recent hits in the line.”
Gear Patrol
Gear Patrol includes Nic Christiansen of Barrell Craft Spirits in their article 20 Women Who Are Making Waves in Whiskey.
Whiskey Apostle
Whiskey Apostle reviews Batch 032 calling it, “intense, complex, beautifully balanced and completely delicious.”
Whisky Advocate
Whisky Advocate selects Barrell Bourbon New Year 2022 as Editors' Choice for Spring 2022. Barrell Gold label also receives a high score of 92.
Uproxx
Uproxx ranks Barrell Batch 030 as #3 in their roundup of the Best Bottles of Bourbon Whiskey Under $100, Ranked
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Enthusiast reviews Barrell Seagrass, giving it a rating of 90 points
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Enthusiast includes Barrell Seagrass in a roundup of their favorite rye whiskeys
Drinkhacker
​Drinkhacker reviews Barrell Gold Label Bourbon: “you’ll be hard pressed to find anything else quite like this on the shelves.”
​Men's Journal
Men's Journal includes Gray Label Seagrass in their roundup of the 10 Valentine's Day Whiskies to Gift This Year, describing it as "unforgettably different" 
Drinkhacker
Drinkhacker reviews Gray Label Bourbon, Gray Label Whiskey, and Gray Label Seagrass
The Whiskey Reviewer
The Whiskey Reviewer reviews Bourbon Batch 031, describing the flavor as “a fruity side of papaya and lemon drops balanced against a light gloss of peppery oak.”
Breaking Bourbon
Breaking Bourbon reviews Gray Label Seagrass, calling it a, “a must for anyone that loves Barrell Seagrass.”
Whiskeyfellow
Whiskeyfellow reviews Barrell Gold Label Bourbon, saying, “Barrell Gold Label Bourbon is stupendous. It is gorgeous. It is delicious. It is amazing.”
Whiskey Raiders
Whiskey Raiders gives BCS Gray Label Seagrass a perfect score of 100, describing it as "downright delicious"
Bourbon Finder
Bourbon Finder gives BCS Gray Label Seagrass an A score, calling it "a great performer."
Breaking Bourbon
Breaking Bourbon reviews BCS Gray Label Seagrass, stating, "the whiskey is layered in complexity showcasing what Barrell Craft Spirits is known for."
Uproxx
Christopher Devern from Red Owl Tavern selects Barrell Dovetail in an Uproxx feature titled, "Bartenders Name Their Absolute Favorite Whiskey Sips Of 2021"
Mashed
Mashed lists Barrell Batch 031 as #1 in a round up of The Best Bourbons You Need To Try In 2022
Robb Report
Robb Report speaks with BCS Founder Joe Beatrice about blending and how to create new and exciting whiskey
Barleycorn Drinks
Barleycorn Drinks features Gray Label Seagrass, describing the palate as, "a rich and oily mouthfeel loaded with bright citrus and herbal notes like spearmint."
Whiskeyfellow
Whiskeyfellow reviews Barrell Batch 031, saying it “had one of the most complex noses I’ve experienced”
Business Wire
Barrell Craft Spirits releases BCS Gray Label Seagrass
Whiskeyfellow
Whiskeyfellow reviews Gray Label Seagrass, noting, "a complicated back featured oak, citrus, green grape, plum, and smoke."
VinePair
VinePair names Barrell Seagrass as Best Cask Finished Whiskey in their list of the 15 Best Whiskeys to Drink in 2022
Breaking Bourbon
Breaking Bourbon reviews Barrell Bourbon New Year 2022: "dynamic and complex whiskey that will dazzle you with each sip"
Brobible
BCS Gold Label listed in 50 Things We Want by Brobible
Barleycorn Drinks
Barleycorn Drinks includes BCS Gold Label in their 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Drinkhacker
Drinkhacker reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 030, saying, “another solid edition to the home Barrell bar”
Drinkhacker
Barrell Bourbon Batch 026 listed as one of Drinkhacker's Top 10 Whiskeys of 2021
Whiskeyfellow
Whiskeyfellow announces their list of 2021 Awards, with Barrell Seagrass and Stellum Rye crowned as Winners
Barleycorn Awards
Barrell Craft Spirits wins Blender of the Year at the 2021 Barleycorn Awards, "no one does it like Barrell"
Maxim
Maxim includes Barrell Seagrass in the Best New American Rye Whiskeys of 2021

Breaking Bourbon
Breaking Bourbon lists Barrell Seagrass on the Best American Whiskeys of 2021

Newsweek
Barrell Seagrass listed as one of the Best Alcohol Gifts for 2021

Wine Enthusiast
Barrell Private Release A01A Bourbon picked as one of the Best 13 Bourbons of 2021

Robb Report

Barrell Batch 030 is one of 9 Outstanding New Bourbons to Drink This Fall on Robb Report

The Whiskey Jug
The Whiskey Jug rated Barrell Bourbon Batch 030 a 4/5, saying, “Barrell Bourbon Batch 030 is a fun curveball I’ll definitely be coming back to.” 

Business Wire
Barrell Craft Spirits Launches Limited-Edition and Ultra-Rare BCS Gold Label Bourbon

Breaking Bourbon
Breaking Bourbon reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 030, saying, “there are a surprising amount of new flavors that haven’t been present in previous Barrell blends.”

Uproxx
Uproxx includes BCS Gray Label in their article Expand Your Whiskey Palate With These Sourced Bourbons, saying, “this is another bottle that easily outshines bottles twice the price.”

Whisky Advocate
We're honored that Barrell Bourbon Batch 029 received the highest rating for bourbon in the Whisky Advocate Fall 2021 issue. Executive Editor David Fleming described this whiskey as being “loaded with well-integrated flavors.”

VinePair
Thank you to VinePair for including Barrell Seagrass as part of their Buy This Booze series and saying, "the balance achieved and the unique flavor profile is nothing short of remarkable."

Drinkhacker
Drew Beard reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 029, rating it a 8.5/10 - "surprisingly delicate but still engaging."

Whisky Advocate
Barrell Bourbon Batch 028 was given 92 points in the Fall 2021 issue of Whisky Advocate. The palate was described as being “velvety” and tasting of a “bounty of delicious orchard fruits.”

Whiskeyfellow
Whiskeyfellow reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 030, saying, “blending is an art form, and this was a masterpiece.”

Uproxx
Zach Johnston of Uproxx reviews Barrell Seagrass, describing this release as “very soft and easy to sip on the front of the palate while taking you on a bit of a rollercoaster to that fruity, woody, and dry finish.”

InsideHook
InsideHook says "Barrell hits a home run (again)" and includes Batch 030 in the Best New Whiskeys to Seek out this Month

Drinkhacker
Drinkhacker reviews Barrell Seagrass, saying, “like Barrell’s other special editions, this thing is a flavor roller coaster. Definitely worth the price of admission.”

UPROXX
Barrell Bourbon Batch 029 scores second place in a blind taste test for UPROXX’s recent article Barrel Proof Bourbon Whiskeys From 2021, Blind Tested And Ranked

Whisky Advocate
Executive Editor David Fleming includes Barrell Bourbon Batch 027 on Whisky Advocate’s list of the 10 Highest-Scoring Whiskies in the Summer 2021, calling it a “well-structured whiskey.”

Whisky Advocate
Whisky Advocate rates both Barrell Bourbon Batch 027 and the 2020 bottling of BCS Bourbon 93 points

Men’s Journal
Barrell Bourbon is included in Susannah Skiver Barton’s article for Men’s Journal Yes, You Can Drink Whiskey in Summer. These Cask-Strength Bourbons and Ryes Are Perfect on the Rocks

Men’s Journal
Barrell Dovetail is included on Susannah Skiver Barton’s list for Men’s Journal of 5 Affordable Limited-Edition Bourbons and Whiskeys You Can Actually Find

Robb Report
We’re honored that Barrell Seagrass was selected as Best in Spirits in the 2021 Best of the Best from Robb Report
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