Blue Run 13.5 Year Old Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon (Barrel #5)


Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Blue Run Spirits, LLC

Distillery: Sourced (from an undisclosed Kentucky distillery[ies])

Release Date: May 2021

Proof: 130

Age: 13.5

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Dark Copper

MSRP: $230 (2021)

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Rich caramel | Vanilla extract | Aged oak | Black cherry | Cola | Excellent


Rich black cherry | Black raspberries | Plum | Thick vanilla | Charred oak | Rich & robust


Black cherry | Vanilla bean maple syrup | Aged, slightly tannic oak | Touch of leather | Dash of pepper


There continues to be a wealth of 13 year old bourbon available on the market and here is yet another. Blue Run is following their own 13 Year Bourbon release with a series of ten 13.5 year old single barrels. Barrel #5 continues the high point of their previous release set, impressing with a 130 proof black cherry bomb.

On the back of a traditional bourbon flavor profile of vanilla, caramel, and oak, Barrel #5 greatly intensifies the flavors. Where their previous release sought elegance and layers of depth, Barrel #5’s impressive 130 proof is potently robust. Its vanilla, caramel, and oak notes make an impact and are joined by a dark cherry component, forming a cask strength bourbon that gets so much right. Its price and availability will most likely be a thorn in anyone’s side looking for a bottle, but at least in this case, the bourbon backs up the cost (and work involved) in obtaining one.

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 Hasman

July 8, 2021
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