Barrell Rye Batch 03

Today I’m bringing to you a review of a blended rye from Barrell Craft Spirits.  As I mentioned in my review of Barrell Bourbon Batch 024, Jay and I sat down with Will Schragis from Barrell for an episode of Weekly Whiskey.  We had a great time, and Will shared a ton of great information about Barrell Craft Spirits and what they’re doing.


John H.




October 8th, 2020

If you have experience with any of the products Barrell Craft Spirits is rolling out, you’re aware that they are very keen on blending.  I can’t even imagine the spice rack of whiskeys these folks must have on-hand to come up with these blends, but I suppose I don’t have to!  Rye Batch 003 is a blend of four rye whiskeys that were selected to compliment each other and create a well-rounded product.

Info on Barrell Rye Batch 003:

  • A blend of straight Rye Whiskeys

  • Distilled and aged in Indiana, Tennessee, Poland, and Canada

  • Selection of 4 to 14-year-old barrels

  • Crafted and bottled in Kentucky

  • 116.7 proof cask strength bottling

Barrell Rye Batch 003 (photo: Barrell Craft Spirits)

Barrell Rye Batch 003 (photo: Barrell Craft Spirits)

As always, before I share my tasting note and thoughts on this particular whiskey, I like to share with you what the brand has to say about it.  The following is from the Barrell Craft Spirits website:

Rye Batch 003 is a blend of rye whiskeys from Indiana, Poland, Tennessee and Canada, all with distinct personalities and varying ages. We started with Tennessee Rye barrels with caramel and dried fruit notes and added the Polish Rye for its nuttiness and mouthfeel. We then carefully layered in 13-year Canadian Rye to bring out earthy notes of grass, spearmint and apple. The Indiana Rye was the finishing touch to highlight the candied fruit and spiciness you expect from a rye.

Time to have a pour and jot down some notes.  Here we go!

Tasting Notes…

Nose – Herbal and spicy. Russian black bread, dill, and layer of sweetness mixing with rye spice.  This comes through quite rich.

Taste – Punchy rye right off the bat, mixing instantly with some salted caramel. This brings to mind a homemade freshly toasted Russian black bread (or pumpernickel) then a strong follow up from caramel. The spice here is screaming “Make a Manhattan!” to me. There’s a little pepper coming through and dill as well that’s backed up strongly by a dark caramel note.

Finish – Medium and very pronounced. The herbal dill and spicy rye mix with the sweet caramel in a great way.  The juxtaposition of sweet to savory notes in this rye really lets us know how well it was blended.  This isn’t incredibly complex, but what it does very well is deliver an excellent rye profile that lasts on the palate.

Bourbon Finder Grade: B-

Final thoughts…

All in all I’m happy with Barrell Rye Batch 003.  The art that Barrell showcases with their blending certainly can be something to behold.  I’m not blown away by the rye itself, but I have to admit they achieved something nice here.  While I want to throw this into a Manhattan and see how rockstar it would be, I’ve killed the bottle and don’t have a chance to do any mixing…which I guess is something of an answer as to how fun this one is to sip.  Be sure to scroll back and up and check out the episode of Weekly Whiskey with Will Schragis from Barrell, it was really fun and he shares so much great information.  Until next time, cheers!

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