Classification: Straight Bourbon Finished with Oak Staves
Company: Broken Barrel Whiskey Co.
Distillery: Owensboro Distilling Co.
Release Date: Ongoing
Age: NAS (Press release states minimum of 2 years)
Mashbill: 70% Corn, 21% Rye, 9% Malted Barley
Color: Light Copper
MSRP: $45 (2022)
Youthful grain | New oak | Fruit jam | Dark berries | Dab of rye spice | Youthfulness shines through
Bold rye spice | Peppercorn spice | Tannic oak | Light mixed berries | Dry leather | Spice and tannic oak drown out other flavors
Baked bread | Spicy rye | White peppercorn | Oak | Leather | Light berries | Spice dominates & lingers
A barrel proof bourbon aged with new French oak staves, ex-bourbon barrel staves, and a blend of ex-sherry cask staves has unbalanced results.
Similar to Broken Barrel Small Batch, Cask Strength uses an “Oak Bill” that is 40% French oak staves, 40% ex-bourbon cask staves, and 20% sherry cask staves. The company states that “After a minimum of two years in new charred oak barrels, the bourbon is dumped into steel tanks, where each batch of Broken Barrel is hit with new French oak staves, ex-bourbon barrel staves, and a blend of ex-sherry cask staves.”
Unlike Broken Barrel Small Batch, Cask Strength focuses less on the sweeter notes found in its lower proofed sibling, and instead highlights more youthfulness and spice. The nose opens with noticeable youth and the palate brings forth heavy spice and tannic oak. Evidently the impact of the oak staves is detrimental here and possibly does the exact opposite of Small Batch in helping to hide the youth. The end result is a whiskey that comes across as a little too youthful and imbalanced.