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We’re honored to be awarded Forbes Best American Whiskey of 2018 in a blind tasting by whiskey authority Fred Minnick. This on the heels of being listed not once, but twice in Forbes Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The Most Money-Minded Bourbons. Keep on reading to learn more about our newest line of spirits.
We’re pleased to announce the introduction of our newest line of products. The Barrell Craft Spirits bottlings have been in the works for three years and complement our award-winning batch releases. They are a set of spirits defined by absolute balance and deep flavor layering. The barrels harvested for this very limited release were selected for their refined properties and extraordinary flavor profile. These spirits were all bottled at cask strength so you can experience their true flavor. Details will be available soon on our website.
Barrell Craft Spirits Bourbon
15-year-old bourbon distilled and aged in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana, and crafted and bottled in Kentucky at 105.1 proof cask strength.
This complex bourbon is a perfect union of grain and barrel, with an old, oaky nose and a deep, honey- maple palate that reveals the lushness of the grain.
Appearance: Worn leather
Nose: Incredibly fruity, the nose opens with strawberry salt-water taffy, Bing cherry, and raspberry but more exotic fruits lurk in the depths. There are subtle herbaceous notes of pizzelle, Maraschino liqueur, Cynar, and pipe tobacco, and the sweetness is kept in check by a hint of paraffin and scorched earth.
Palate: As fruity as the nose, exhibiting strawberry and rose jam, lychee, Maraschino liqueur, and calvados, balanced by très leches cake, hibiscus, and angelica.
Finish: The theme continues on slowly evolving fruit: guava, watermelon, Pink Lady apples; they’re joined by a touch of paraffin from the nose and a spicy signature of candied chili pepper.
Barrell Craft Spirits Whiskey
25-year-old American whiskey distilled in Indiana, and crafted and bottled in Kentucky at 111.2 proof.
This whiskey offers the depth of highly matured whiskey complemented by a Sercial Madeira barrel finish. The underlying dry nuttiness of Sercial Madeira adds a new dimension to the whiskey that is exceptional.
Appearance: Golden Brown with goldenrod highlights and umber lowlights.
Nose: The nose then expands in many directions at once: fruit in the form of Montmorency cherry and dried apricot; floral aromas of apple blossom and fennel pollen; mineral notes of gravel, sea shells, and salt; and some notes that only come from a long, slow maturation, such as Palo Cortado sherry, mastic, and unlit cigar.
Palate: Halva, molasses and chocolate syrup make for a sweet entry, but they’re quickly balanced by tart fruit: dragon fruit, and meyer lemon. A subtle array of herbs and spices lend the palate depth, evolving cinnamon, juniper, and anise hyssop.
Finish: Deeper and darker than the palate, its pastry notes are fuller, like oatmeal cookie and ganache; its fruit notes less piquant, such as purple plum, husk cherry and lemon sherbet. Flavors of rosemary and nutmeg recall the spicy and herbaceous notes from before, while a salty touch seems to magnify flavors and make the mouth water for another sip.
Barrell Craft Spirits Rum
13-year-old rum from Jamaica, Guyana and Barbados crafted and bottled in Kentucky at 124.2 proof.
Rather than releasing these as single barrels, we experimented with countless combinations and came up with what we think is an outstanding blend of vintage rums from Barbados, Jamaica and Guyana.
Appearance: Golden Brown
Nose: Strong notes reminiscent of tepache, a Mexican fermented beverage made from pineapple rinds. Others emerge - fruity notes of green grapes and lime hull, earthy notes of oyster shell and very Jamaican vegetal notes of Kalamata olive, caper, pine needle tea, scallion, and pollen.
Palate: Comparatively gentle, the Guyanese lending demerara syrup, purple plum, and crème de cassis, the Barbados bringing characteristic florals and spice: rosehip tea, cinnamon, and star anise. These notes are held together by a fresh maritime character -- seaweed, sea salt, and a little glycerine richness.
Finish:The Jamaican hogo is back, as is the tepache, but it’s also spicy, with notes of ginger, turmeric, and catnip. Lychee makes an unexpected appearance.
The Barrell Craft Spirits line will be available in stores in December.
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