The Infinite Barrel Project
The tradition of keeping an infinity bottle is well known to whiskey collectors and aficionados around the world. Take the last ounces of each whisk(e)y bottle as you finish it, and pour them into a bottle you’ve set aside for this. Tastes great, right? Barrell Craft Spirits is honoring the Infinity bottle tradition in our own way by introducing the Infinite Barrel Project.
The intent is to create an ever-changing whiskey blended from barrels of mature whisk(e)y. We began by selecting barrels for their flavor contribution and complexity and blending them in a larger single, or "Infinite" vessel. At each bottling, we’ll remove a portion of that whiskey and replace it with other barrels that will complement the remaining blend. We'll then repeat the process - bottling a portion and adding newly selected whiskeys each time.
How is this different from the solera process?
The Infinite Barrel contains fractions of many whiskey barrels in a single blend, while a solera ends up with fractions of the original whiskey in many barrels. Our objective is to create a unique blend for every bottling. The solera process, however, is designed to create a consistent product every time.
At its most basic, the solera process starts with a single barrel or group of barrels of a specific age. A fraction of the first group of barrels is put it in the second group of barrels, a fraction of that second group is put in the third group and so on. The solera process is designed and symmetrical. We think of our Infinite Barrel Project as a solera in reverse. It's unpredictable and asymmetrical, constantly evolving - even whimsical. We're certainly having fun blending it.
You’ll be able to follow the progression of the Infinite Barrel on our web site, and see which whiskeys are present in each bottling by referring to the bottling date on the front label.
February 12, 2018 bottling
• Tennessee Whiskey and Rye
• Indiana Whiskey
finished in Oloroso Sherry butts
• Indiana Rye
• 100% Polish Malted Rye
finished in Curaçao barrels
• Scotch Whisky
• Irish Whiskey
Our Infinite Barrel Project will be available in stores sometime in May.
Bourbon Batch 015
Our newest Barrell Bourbon release comes from a selection of bright and syrupy 9.5, 10 and 11 year old barrels that were distilled and aged in Tennessee and Kentucky, and bottled at 107.6 proof. The barrels were carefully blended, resulting in a sophisticated, balanced bourbon loaded with apple, gingerbread and honeyed corn notes. Nose - dark brown sugar toasted nuts come into the forefront, along with licks of slow cooked bone broth woven with tangles of sweet and toasty wood smoke; Palate - gingerbread toasted over a cast iron pan until just charred, scattered with oven roasted currants and pools of dark Jamaican Rum cream. Batch 015 is now available in stores.
Raise a Glass
We’ve been busy with tastings and whiskey events all across the country. We’ll be pouring bourbon at the Binny’s World of Whiskies in Chicago on March 22, Sun Whiskey Union at Mohegan Sun, CT on April 6th, and Whiskey on Ice in Minnesota on April 14th. Fresh off of WhiskyLive in NYC, we'll be doing Barrell tastings almost every week in the NYC metro area. Check our website and Facebook page for a current list of events.
Barrell is now available in Indiana, Missouri and New Hampshire. Check the Store Locator on our website to find a retailer near you, or one that will ship directly to you. Special thanks to Rural Inn and City Wide Liquors in Indiana, and Intoxicology, Primo Vino and The Wine and Cheese Place in Missouri for posting about Barrell on social media.
Don’t miss a drop
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