Rare Character Single Barrel Series: Selected by Bar Keeper


Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Rare Character Whiskey Co.

Distillery: Sourced (from an undisclosed Indiana distillery)

Release Date: February 2022

Proof: 120.76

Age: 5 Years (Distilled on 11/12/2016 and bottled on 11/18/2021)

Mashbill: Undisclosed percentages of corn, rye, and malted barley

Color: Cinnamon

MSRP: $80 (2022)

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Rye spice | Hazelnut | Seasoned oak | Light


Anise | Sweet cream | Maple sugar candy | Toffee | Creamy consistency | Rich & delicious


Rye spice surges against brown sugar sweetness | Graham cracker | Cap’n Crunch cereal | Trace of black licorice | Long


Rare Character Whiskey is a purveyor of single barrel whiskeys which they then offer wholesale to hotels, restaurant groups, bars, country clubs, whiskey clubs, liquor stores, and distributors. Where other companies create a brand based on whiskey they source and then offer private selection single barrels at a later point, Rare Character goes right for the private single barrel market. It’s an interesting business plan and one that makes sense in the ever-popular and ever-growing private selection market.

I’ve tried a few of the single barrels selected and bottled by Rare Character Whiskey, and this particular barrel really stands out. Most likely sourced from MGP, it finds a similar age and proof of many other MGP sourced single barrel bourbons appearing on the market today. Despite this, it really shines, exemplifying what the idea of single barrels is all about. While it’s somewhat light on the nose, it springs to life on the palate with anise at the front followed by a delicious array of rich, delicious flavors. This combination of rich flavor intensity and unique taste is what sets this barrel apart, elevating it to greater heights.

The single barrel in review is from barrel TRT-42A.

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: Nick Beiter

May 3, 2022
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