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Barrell Bourbon Batch 025

CAPSULE REVIEW
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Classification: Blend of Straight Bourbons

Company: Barrell Craft Spirits

Distillery: Sourced (from undisclosed distilleries in Indiana, Tennessee, and Kentucky)

Release Date: August 2020

Proof: 113.4 (Cask Strength)

Age: 5 Years, 6 Months (Blend of 5.5, 9, 13,15 year old barrels per company website)

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Golden Copper

MSRP: $80 (2020)

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NOSE

Fruit-forward | Strawberry | Lemon zest | Plum | Sunflower seeds | Soft oak | Mild but complex

palate

Oak infused fruit punch | Rhubarb pie | Marmalade | Floral | Mouthcoating & thick | Excellent

finish

Ramp of oak & heat | Marzipan | Leather | Coconut | Dry | Some bitterness

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It’s been a heck of a journey Barrell has taken us all on over the last 24 bourbon batches, and it would be expected that Barrell would pull out all the stops for their 25th. Looking at the label for their latest batch, it’s hard not to notice the 5.5 year age statement. It doesn’t exactly scream special. This is a great example of don’t judge a book by its cover since it’s the TTB’s regulations that require companies to state the youngest whiskey in their blend. This in fact includes 9, 13, and 15 year old bourbons.

What Barrell does deliver with Batch 025 is what you’d expect: a crowd-pleaser. From its complex nose and its delicious oak infused fruit-forward palate, it’s only the finish that comes up a bit short. There’s way too much to love with this release than find fault with, and it easily falls into the buy category. Batch 025 is a fitting tribute to what Barrell Craft Spirits has accomplished so far.

The sample used for this review was provided at no cost courtesy of its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Eric

October 7, 2020
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