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Barrell Craft Spirits 15 Year Bourbon (2020 Release)

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Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Barrell Craft Spirits

Distillery: Undisclosed Distilleries in Indiana, Kentucky & Tennessee

Release Date: October 2020

Proof: 104.9 (Barrel Proof)

Age: 15 Years

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Mahogany

MSRP: $250 (2020)

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NOSE

Raspberry | Strawberry | Wet oak | Chewable fruit vitamins | Orange rind | Potent and very fruity

palate

Dark raspberry | Cherry | Coffee | Toasted oak | Brief bursts of tropical fruit | Deep & rich

finish

Thick oak | Tannin | Honey | Mint | Lingering dark cherry

uniqueness
value
overall

This is the third release of Barrell Craft Spirits’ premium bourbon, and arguably the best one yet. Likely utilizing the same bourbon sources as their most recent numbered bourbon batches, except this release comes with an impressive 15 year age statement. Barrell once again works their magic and finds a way to offer a heavily oaked bourbon yet still retains the expressive fruity side that so many love about their numbered batches. Never venturing too far towards tannic oak or too far tropical and sweet, the company strikes a balanced nirvana. Its low proofpoint for a barrel proof whiskey provides it with a deep richness of flavors instead of an over reliance on heat. At the same time, I would have preferred more proof from the whiskey to really drive its point home. Its $250 MSRP does feel a bit pricey, but on the other hand, its three different sourced origins and high age statement add a ton of complexity, making it stand out in a crowded year of limited edition bourbons. This release consists of a total of 12,000 bottles.

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

November 23, 2020
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