Whisky Advocate Top 5 Whiskey
Whisky Advocate's Lew Bryson rated Barrell Whiskey Batch 001 a 92/100 to make it the #4 rated whiskey for the Fall 2015 issue. Bryson describes Barrell Whiskey as "...maple syrup, well-browned popovers, and Canada mint lozenges in a boozy-hot nose. Richly sweet on the palate: pastry dough, hints of anise, buttery and slightly-burnt cornbread, syrupy dark fruits: complex, rich, delicious. Water brings out more of the dough and tames the heat. Delicious, unique, intriguing..." Lew Bryson is the managing editor of America's leading whiskey magazine, Whisky Advocate, and author of Tasting Whiskey.
The ratings and short tasting notes for Barrell are available here. Look out for the full review in the Fall 2015 issue of Whisky Advocate.
Barrell Goes West
We continue to expand across the country! Barrell Bourbon is now available in Illinois and North Carolina. Check out our where to buy page to find a retailer near you or one who will ship our products directly to you. If you want to help us get our whiskey into your local liquor store send us a message and tell us where you live. Every state has different laws about liquor sales and distribution, and some states are easier to get into than others, but we will do our best to get our products to you.
On the Road
Barrell Bourbon and Whiskey will be on tour as part of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold Tour. Barrell Bourbon Batch 004 and Barrell Whiskey Batch 001 both won the prestigious Double Gold medal in the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The Double Gold medal, not easily attained, is given to entrants that unanimously receive a gold medal by the tasting panel. Judging is by a prestigious panel of nationally recognized spirits experts and is based on a blind, consensual procedure. As part of the tour we'll be in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Dallas, and Seattle. Check our events page in the next few weeks for more details.
Barrell Bourbon is starting to show up on shelves in Tennessee. Thanks for the social media shout outs from Harvest Wine Market and Belle Meade Wine & Spirits in Nashville. To find other locations in Tennessee check the map.
The Latest Batches
Bourbon Batch 004 is now available at retail stores in Illinois, Washington D.C., and North Carolina. Bourbon Batch 005 has been spotted in Tennessee, Massachusetts, and Oregon, and should be should be showing up in New Jersey and New York any week now. We'll keep you posted.