In the Weekly Whiskey video above you’ll see myself and my co-host (along with a guest from r/bourbon) selecting a private barrel from, well, Barrell. If you fly ahead to about 46:25 you’ll get to see a live tasting of Seagrass.
The newest member of the Barrell lineup comes in the form of Seagrass. Alongside it’s rambunctious and flavor-packed siblings Dovetail and Armida, Seagrass completes the trifecta of blended and finished expressions from Barrell Craft Spirits.
Departing from their regular releases (labeled as Batches) such as Batch 024 Barrell is employing the full arsenal if it’s blending power by sourcing American and Canadian rye whiskeys and finishing each component of the blend individually.
Who better to describe this unique expression than Barrell Craft Spirits themselves? Here is an excerpt from the press release:
Seagrass stands alone as a whiskey, while also inviting the drinker to explore the multitude of influences created by a global approach to sourcing, finishing, and blending,” said Founder Joe Beatrice. “It highlights the grassy oceanside notes we love in rye and the opulence and spice of finishing barrels. It’s bottled at cask strength so you can appreciate its true flavor.
Barrell Craft Spirits
So we know this is a blend of rye whiskeys, and that sets us up with some expectations as whiskey drinkers but what in the world could a blend of rye whiskeys (from two different countries no less!) that has been finished in three separate casks hold for an overall profile? I’ll admit that this sounds a little dodgy, but I’m okay with that…so let’s give it a go!