Classification: Blend of Straight Bourbons
Company: Barrell Craft Spirits
Distillery: Sourced (from undisclosed distilleries in Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, and Wyoming)
Release Date: September 2021
Age: 5 Years (blend of 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, and 15 year old barrels per company website)
Color: Dark Amber
MSRP: $90 (2021)
Raspberry | Blackberry | Plum | Fruit cake | Brandy | Oak | Potent delivery
Raisin | Cherry pie | Spiced chocolate | Dry & nutty
Peanut brittle | Hazelnut | Dark chocolate | Bitter oak | Punchy hotness
After 29 batches, many of us are overly familiar with what Barrell does. Often leaning towards a fruit focus, but not exclusively so, many of their Batch 20 series of blends were crowd pleasers. Notably since Batch 25 though, the company has been on a string of great blends. Joe Beatrice and Tripp Stimson say they don’t overthink individual batch numbers and their meaning, but it's hard not to feel like Batch 30 is a fresh new starting point.
The inclusion of whiskey sourced from Wyoming is an intriguing addition, but more than that, is Batch 30’s chaotic complexity. There is a lot going on with Batch 30’s blend, both positively and negatively. First, there are a surprising amount of new flavors that haven’t been present in previous Barrell blends. That’s a welcomed addition that was a missing element in many of their more recent batches. The inclusion of this additional element brought with it less refinement, but also a notable degree of intrigue. Batch 30 is unpredictable, unique, and even odd in parts. Perhaps this is an exciting new direction Barrell is going in, or a one and done. Either way, Batch 30 may be a bit chaotic, but tries new things and when that comes from a company like Barrell Craft Spirits, it's hard not to take note.