Barrell Bourbon Batch 024
Today I’m reviewing Bourbon Batch 024 from Barrell Craft Spirits. If you caught the Weekly Whiskey episode where Will Schragis (National Director, Barrell Craft Spirits) joined us to chat, you’re one step ahead of the game. Will shared a lot of great information about the brand, and this particular blend. Let’s dig in!
In doing some homework on this batch of straight bourbon whiskeys, we can find that Barrell (as always) is creating this product at cask strength. They also list the States of distillation on the label, which is something we whiskey geeks are always looking for.
Additional info on Barrell Bourbon Batch 024:
A blend of straight Bourbon Whiskeys
Distilled and aged in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana
Selection of 9, 10, 13, and 15-year-old barrels
Aged in American white oak barrels
Bottled in Kentucky
113.9 proof cask strength bottling
This release was announced this past summer (June 2020) and is described by Barrell Craft Spirits on their website:
Barrell Bourbon Batch 024 is a marriage of high Rye Bourbons ranging in age from 9 to 15 years old. The 9, 10, and 13-year-old barrels were chosen for their peppery assertiveness, making this “spice box” marriage wonderfully robust yet a little rough around the edges. We refined the blend by adding in citrus forward, lower proof, 15-year-old barrels bit by bit, ensuring that the rye forward base would continue to shine, while delivering a lush mouthfeel.
Let’s grab a pour of this batch and see how the blending process was here. I recently reviewed Barrell Bourbon Batch 023 as well, which is a somewhat similar blend. Let’s see how Batch 024 goes!
Nose – Soft and sweet. Caramel corn and light butter toffee. There’s a wisp of cinnamon that mixes nicely with oak. Definitely leans toward sweet, even with the oak and spice in there.
Taste – Begins with oak that quickly lets a pecan and sweet caramel roll through. The spice mingles in here nicely and a bunch of vanilla swirls around. Starts oaky, then moves through an array of sweets. Coming back around there’s a drier oak and some spice hits the back palate.
Finish – Long and interesting. This sip begins with oak and ends with oak, but everything between is very interesting and fun. This works out like an oak Oreo…but I guess that doesn’t sound as tasty as it actually is. The sweet butter and nutty caramel fits in there very nicely, and there’s this strong backbone of oak with vanilla that rounds it out. The very end of the finish is slightly tannic, which I dig, but this one could scare off folks that are more oak adverse.
Bourbon Finder Grade: B
The “special sauce” (15 year old Kentucky bourbon) that Barrell is using to round out these batches really seems to provide a solid framework for the blend. Both Batch 023 and Batch 024 share a praline, sweet, lightly nutty profile that works very nicely.
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