The holidays are upon us and we have lots of great things happening between now and the end of the year. In addition to the new releases listed below, we've expanded our Single Barrel program by adding a selection of Canadian Rye barrels from one of Canada's leading distilleries. These 13-year-old barrels were distilled and aged in Canada, and then further aged in Kentucky. They were selected for their deep and vibrant flavor.
We're excited to announce our newest release of blended whiskey. Dovetail is blended to highlight some of our favorite flavors: Woody bourbon; terroir driven Dunn Cabernet; toasted french oak; Late Bottled Vintage Port pipes; black strap molasses casks; all working in tandem to create a buttery and deep whiskey as unique as it is delicious. Dovetail took almost a year to get right, from blending to labeling, all coming together in a seemingly perfect point.
10-year-old whiskey distilled in Indiana, finished in Dunn Vineyards Cabernet barrels
11-year-old bourbon distilled in Tennessee finished in black strap rum casks and LBV Port Pipes
Crafted and bottled in Kentucky
122.9 proof cask strength bottling
Appearance: Rose gold with highlights of worn copper.
Nose: Opens with mature aromas both sweet (canelé, panna cotta, crème de noyaux) and savory (walnut oil, leather). This is followed quickly by a vast array of fruit derived both from the spirit (smoked apricot, grapefruit peel) as well as the cask treatment (sloe gin, damson jam). The aroma is high toned, pungently floral and herbaceous, with subtle, balancing pops of minerality.
Palate: Darker (cocoa, molasses, burnt marshmallow) and spicier (cola, nutmeg, Tellicherry peppercorn) than the nose, an effect well-complemented by the cask treatment and rendered more complex by the savory and herbaceous themes running throughout.
Finish: A sweet and elegant signature of rose jelly, chestnut honey, and Pineau des Charantes that also features hazelnut, eucalyptus, and Corsican mint.
Barrell Bourbon Batch 17 is an homage to a style of bourbon we love, which has become increasingly hard to find. It’s the classic 10-year-old: high proof and balanced, oak driven but complex. This batch is our tribute to the elegant bourbons of the past.
Selection of 10-year, 4 month, 14 and 15-year-old barrels
Distilled and aged in Tennessee, Indiana and Kentucky
Crafted and bottled in Kentucky
112.5 proof cask strength bottling
Mash Bill: corn, rye and malted barley
Appearance: Burnt sienna with bronze highlights.
Nose: An inviting aroma of mulled cider with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg opens the proceedings. The impression of early-autumn is strengthened by aromas of cherry pie, purple plums, funnel cakes and a mug of chamomile tea with orange blossom honey. With time, delicate notes of honeydew melon, meyer lemon, cuban mint and apple blossom float from the glass.
Palate: Very rich, almost buttery, but balanced by an unexpectedly tropical, juicy side. The opening takes its cue from the nose, exhibiting pound cake and apple jelly, before an cascade of fruits rush in: pineapple, passion fruit, mirabelle plums, gooseberries, lime cordial and guava paste. Flavors of Chartreuse and sweet vermouth lend breadth and the whole is kept in check by little graphite minerality.
Finish: The tropical and herbaceous themes remain but the more delicate floral and mineral notes shine as the whiskey fades, with flavors meadowsweet and tonic water lingering at the end.
New Year Bourbon
To celebrate the New Year, we've created Barrell Bourbon New Year 2019 Limited Edition. It's comprised of reserves from some of our batches and other choice barrels coming from 6 distilleries in 6 states. The nose is greeted by a fully laden dessert cart, resplendent with assorted dried fruits and nuts, chocolates, and other confections. On the palate, rye grain delivers a complex and harmonious blends of herbs and spices.
We believe that New Year 2019 captures the spirit of the holiday season, as our 2017 and 2018 Editions did.
The Big News
Honored. Thrilled. Thankful. That's how we feel after our Barrell Craft Spirits Bourbon was selected by Fred Minnick as his Best American Whiskey of 2018 in Forbes magazine. Look for an upcoming article in Forbes as well.
Our new Barrell Craft Spirits line is an extremely limited release making its way to stores this month. We know it's hard to find and we wish we had more to share. We're hard at work sourcing and crafting a second release that are up to these high standards, but don't know yet when that will be.
Barrell Craft Spirits Bourbon - a complex blend of 15-year-old straight bourbon whiskeys bottled at peak maturity
Barrell Craft Spirits Whiskey - a 25-year-old American whiskey finished in Sercial Madeira barrels
Barrell Craft Spirits Rum - a complex blend of 13 to 21-year-old vintage rum from Barbados, Jamaica and Guyana
Raise a Glass
We’ll be pouring Barrell Bourbon and other great releases, at multiple locations in the NYC tri-state area until the end of the year. Check our website and Facebook page for a current list of events.
Don’t miss a drop
We appreciate every retailer, bar and restaurant that carries our products. Please check the Store Locator on our website to find a retailer near you, or one that will ship directly to you. Be sure to tag us if you're holding a tasting or posting a photo because we're happy to promote it on social media. And if you'd like to help us grow organically, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to help get the word out about Barrell Craft Spirits.
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