Classification: Blend of Straight Bourbons
Company: Barrell Craft Spirits
Distillery: Sourced from undisclosed distilleries in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee
Release Date: February 2023
Age: 6 Years (Blend of 6, 8, 10, and 15 year old bourbons per company website)
Color: Bright Bronze
MSRP: $90 (2023)
Brown sugar butter | Sweet caramel | Charred oak | Grated cinnamon | Leather | Ground nutmeg | Classic bourbon notes
Dried summer fruits | Rye spice | Cinnamon spice | Dry oak | Toasted caramel | Roasted nuts | Hints of sweet flavors
Leather | Rye spice | Dried oak | Fleeting vanilla | Lingering dry heat
A classic sip full of dry earthy notes, Barrell Bourbon Batch 034 is a testament to the consistency of Barrell Craft Spirits’ blending prowess.
According to Barrell Craft Spirits, “Barrell Bourbon Batch 034 is a blend of 6, 8, 10, and 15-year-old barrels. 8-year-old barrels driven by strong hazelnut and dark cherry notes lay a foundation enhanced by high-corn barrels showing browned butter and apricot. We mingled this first step for months before adding high-rye barrels carrying cinnamon and allspice. Finally, a vatting of 10 and 15-year-old barrels was added for earthiness and light tannin.”
Each new batch of Barrell Bourbon is a blend of varying mashbills and sources that presents new challenges each time. Yet somehow Barrell Bourbon continues to be the most consistently high quality batched product on the market. Release after release the company delivers a well above average sip or better and Batch 034 is no exception. Composed of bourbons ranging in age from 6-15 years old, it highlights its older components well while never coming across as over-oaked. The sip starts with sweeter classic notes and gets progressively drier as you progress your way through. Those looking for a cask strength bourbon that delivers just the right amount of aged notes will be right at home with Batch 034. Whether you're a long time Barrell Bourbon fan or have never tried the brand, Batch 034 continues the streak of well received releases by Barrell Craft Spirits.