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The Gray Label 24 Year Whiskey is what happens when the blending team over at Barrell Craft Spirits gets their hands on batches of 24 year old Canadian whiskey. One batch brought with it a fruity vibe, and the other a more woody tone. Barrell did what anyone would do. What’s that? They finished them in a combination of Oloroso Sherry and XO Armagnac casks, of course!
Joking aside, this is definitely another showcase of Barrell’s ability to see the big picture. Just releasing a straightforward whiskey with a high age-statement isn’t enough. They look at everything as an ingredient, and try to make a product that is more than the sum of its parts.
Let’s take a look at the press information from Barrell Craft Spirits:
The BCS Gray Label Whiskey features 24-year Canadian whiskey barrels, a portion of which were finished in Oloroso Sherry barrels and Armagnac casks. When the timing and flavor from the finishing casks peaked, all of the components were carefully blended together and bottled at cask strength at 121.64 proof (60.82% ABV).
Barrell Craft Spirits
Capitalizing on the fruit-forward batch and using the woody batch to hold things together sounds like a great combination for the whiskey enthusiast, coupled with the proof point (121.64 proof) there’s no doubt this is an expression for the serious whiskey drinker who’s looking for something totally off the beaten path. How does it work? Let’s find out!