Bourbon Batch 006 Now Available
Barrell Bourbon Batch 006 is now available. We sold all of Batch 005 to our distributors so you'll find it in stores now. We have begun shipping Batch 006 to our distributors. Look for it on the shelf in the coming weeks.
Batch 006 was aged for 8 years, 6 months in Tennessee and bottled at 122.9 proof. The mash bill is 70% corn, 26% rye, and 4% malted barley. Both Batch 005 and Batch 006 have the same mash bill and spent a similar amount of time in the barrel - Batch 005 was aged for 8 years, 3 months.
Despite their common heritage, batches 005 and 006 are worlds apart. This difference stems from the locations where the batches were rested in the rick house. Rested high in the rick house, Batch 005 is distinctively spicy and intense. Notes of deep cherry, bonfire smokiness, and the salty buttered popcorn finish announce themselves without subtlety. Aged low in the rick house, Batch 006 has a rounder, mellower profile that marries fruit and buttery notes with the spice and comfort of charred oak.
Going to California
Barrell Bourbon and Barrell Whiskey are now available in California. As of November 1st, you can find them in San Francisco and Los Angeles. We'll be expanding out from there in the coming months. We'll be updating our retail store map with locations as soon as we have them.
Single Barrel Barrell
For the first time, we've made a selection of individually selected barrels available to retailers across the country. Retailers, restaurants, and bars can choose a barrel from a selection of samples from our rick house. We'll be posting the stores that have purchased barrels and their availability as we ship them out over the next month.
In the News
We're excited to be have Barrell Bourbon included in the latest edition of Clay Risen's American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spirit. Lew Bryson, managing editor of Whisky Advocate, calls the book “a fine, concise history and guide to American whiskey. Tuck it in your hip pocket and go drinking.” Clay Risen is a senior editor at The New York Times and a drink columnist for Garden and Gun magazine.
In regards to Barrell, Risen says, “it's worth highlighting the company, because it's a name we'll hopefully hear a lot more in the years to come.” He rates Barrell Bourbon Batch 001 the highest rating of 4 stars and describes it as having “rich, full flavors of plums, oak and caramel, moving towards Atomic Fireball and a crisp dry finish.” Barrell Bourbon Batch 003 earns 3 stars, “A big, bold, down-the-line bourbon.” Ratings range from “No Rating” to 4 stars.
Forrest Cokely of A Drink with Forrest calls Barrell Bourbon Batch 005 “another winner from the fine folks at Barrell...a wonderful bourbon with vibrant, full, flavors that is a "one-of-a-kind" and comes in at a nice price point. Looking for a treat? I say go for it!” A Drink with Forest is a blog of reviews of fine beers, spirits, and cocktails. You can read the review on his website.
Bourbon & Oak reviews Barrell Bourbon Batch 005 as “another solid product from Barrell Bourbon. The cherries and dark chocolate flavors reminded of chocolate covered cherries...” Bourbon & Oak is a site dedicated to news, reviews, and gear related to bourbon, beer, and other spirits. You can read the full review on their website.
We've been traveling the country pouring Barrell from the San Francisco Competition Double Gold Tour in New York City to the The Bourbon Social in Lexington, Kentucky. On Saturday, November 14th, we’ll be at the Grand Spirits Tasting at Gordon’s in Waltham, MA. Gordon's purchased our first private barrell and it arrived just in time for the event. Stop by if you're in the Boston area!
We'll continue to do in-store tastings from Jersey to Massachusetts. Check our tastings page to find one near you.
On the shelf
Looking for someplace new to try Barrell? Wait for the 2nd Avenue Subway to open with some Barrell at the new Five Napkin Burger on 70th and 2nd in NYC. Put some extra barrel in your Barrell in MA at The Barrelman in Marblehead and The Barrel House American Bar in Beverly. In North Carolina, try Front Street Brewery in Wilmington or Cowbell in Charlotte. Looking for a place to find our products near you? Try our handy store locator.
For liquor stores and venues looking to carry Barrell Bourbon and Barrell Whiskey, the full list of our distributors is on our website.
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