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Barrell Bourbon Batch 030

CAPSULE REVIEW
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Classification: Blend of Straight Bourbons

Company: Barrell Craft Spirits

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

Release Date: September 2021

Proof: 117.32

Age: 5 Years (blend of 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, and 15 year old barrels per company website)

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Dark Amber

MSRP: $90 (2021)

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NOSE

Raspberry | Blackberry | Plum | Fruit cake | Brandy | Oak | Potent delivery

palate

Raisin | Cherry pie | Spiced chocolate | Dry & nutty

finish

Peanut brittle | Hazelnut | Dark chocolate | Bitter oak | Punchy hotness

uniqueness
value
overall

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.

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

October 18, 2021
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