SEAGRASS

Seagrass highlights the grassy oceanside notes we love in rye and the opulence and spice of finishing barrels. It is a blend of American and Canadian rye whiskeys, with each ingredient meticulously sourced and finished separately in Martinique Rhum Agricole casks, apricot brandy casks, and Madeira barrels.

Barrell Seagrass is an ode to coastal memories, blended to evoke the joy of a day on the beach and an evening listening to the soothing rhythm of waves. Hot sun, brisk air, dry sand, and oceanside vegetation are brought to mind. A ripe and inviting tropical nose and grassy, bright body evolve to a finish as long as the view down the shore on a clear day.

A basket brimming with tropical and orchard fruits lies at the heart of this juicy whiskey, with prominent tones of ripe apricot from the brandy casks. The tropical notes are kept in check by a broad array of spicy and herbaceous rye aromas and complemented by the delicate florals of grassy, Martinique rhum. With a splash of water, the oxidized Madeira notes emerge, candying the fruit and bringing out an earthiness on the palate.

AWARDS​​

  • BEST OF THE BEST name by the Robb Report - 2021

  • DOUBLE GOLD at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2021

  • PLATINUM MEDAL at the L.A. Spirits Awards - 2021

  • GOLD MEDAL at the Ascot Awards - 2021

  • GOLD MEDAL at the John Barleycorn Awards - 2021

  • 92 POINTS at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge - 2021

FLAVOR NOTES

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Appearance: A pale tawny with straw highlights.

Nose: High concentrations of bright, fruity esters lend a perfume-like character to the aroma. Honeydew melon and plum sit alongside a slice of ripe apricot resting out in the sun. The underlying rye is revealed by a sea-like salinity, tarragon, and elderflower.

Palate: Sweet and juicy, Seagrass opens on pear, lychee, and white grapefruit. Classic rye flavors of cinnamon, rosemary, fennel seed, and rosehip aren’t far behind.  Unctuous texture and sandy tannin are complemented by a delicate astringency so common to Canadian whiskeys.

Finish: Fresh and clean, but the persistent tannin and astringency focus the powerful burst of camphor, chalk dust, and scorched earth.

With a few drops of spring water

Despite bright notes of passionfruit and geranium, the nose settles down considerably. The fresh notes are now candied -- papaya, orange peel, and ginger. Liege waffle and beef tallow lay a rich foundation. The palate grows creamier, displaying french vanilla ice cream, pawpaw, and orris root.

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NOTABLE PRESS FOR SEAGRASS
 
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.”


Fred Minnick reviews Barrell Seagrass, saying, “in a word, this is complex.”


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


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

 

Whiskey Raiders declares, “with Barrell Seagrass on shelves, Rye fans need despair no longer” in their article Barrell’s Newest Rye May Just Be The Best Rye Of The Year.


​​The Whiskey Wash reviews Barrell Seagrass, saying, “I’d pick some up, because—like a gorgeous Pacific Northwest summer—it won’t stick around long.”


Cyties includes Barrell Seagrass on their list of 7 Whiskeys for Father's Day, saying, "pour Dad a drink of Seagrass and watch his cares melt away as he daydreams of the sun warming his face on a white sand beach."


Pop em Don't Watch em reviews Barrell Seagrass, saying, "Seagrass gets an A+." 


Mash and Drum reviews Barrell Seagrass, describing it as "unique" and "absolutely fantastic."


Dusty Dan's Whiskey Reviews covers Barrell Bourbon Batch 028 and Barrell Seagrass in this recent review.


Still curious about Barrell Seagrass? Check out these reviews on Distiller!


Barrell Seagrass was reviewed by Breaking Bourbon, who described the palate as "a creamy medley of red summer fruits, sugary vanilla molasses, and a twinge of apricot brandy form a club you’ll want to get into."


Whiskey Consensus calls Barrell Seagrass "sweet, spicy, and very complex" in their review of this recent release.



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."



The Bourbon Bard reviews Barrell Seagrass, awarding it a 93.4/100, and calls it, “another delicious multi-finish blend from Barrell Craft Spirits.”


Barrell Seagrass was recently rated an A- by by The Bourbon Finder, who called this release, “complex and luxurious.” 


Whiskey Fellow reviews Seagrass, stating, “Barrell Seagrass may be the most unique whiskey I've ever tried.”