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I’ve discussed Barrell Seagrass at length, but this new entrant to the Gray Label series has some real work to do in order to show up it’s younger brother (which was my Whiskey of the Year). Check the video below for the review Jay and I did on Weekly Whiskey.
This is a blend of Canadian ryes that has been finished three ways. It seems difficult enough to wrap my mind around the blending of the base rye whiskeys, let alone to incorporate Martinique Rhum, Malmsey Madeira, and apricot brandy. Where do they come up with this stuff?!
Let’s take a look at the press information from Barrell Craft Spirits:
The foundation of BCS Gray Label Seagrass began with two groups of 16-year-old 100% Canadian Rye barrels – one with bright citrus and crisp green apple notes and the other with earthy spearmint notes. A portion of the first group was finished in Apricot Brandy casks, a portion of the second group was finished in Martinique rhum barrels, and a blend of the first and second groups was finished in Malmsey Madeira barrels. When each set of secondary maturation flavors peaked, those casks were pulled and slowly married into the final blend.
Barrell Craft Spirits
This deeply mature and rye whiskey has a classic, grassy aroma reinforced by the equally iconic, fresh notes of aged Rhum Agricole. On the palate, the oily rye is complemented by the oxidative, nutty madeira character that also balances that richness with exuberant acidity. Apricot brandy casks splash bright, sometimes tropical fruit over the finish before it fades to reveal the maritime minerality that lends this whiskey its name.