Breaking Bourbon Award Winning Single Barrel Club picks are selected by Breaking Bourbon, and whenever possible with the help of Patreon supporters. The bottles are made available to Patreon supporters first by pledge tier. If any bottles remain after all supporters have had an opportunity to purchase, they are made available to the public on a first come, first served basis. Each barrel is sponsored by a retailer partner, who sells the bottles directly to end purchasers.
Retailer Partner: The Prime Barrel
Name: Copper & Cask Barrel Proof Bourbon
Company: Copper & Cask Spirits
Distillery: MGP (Aged in Kentucky)
Age: 5+ Years (Barreled on 10/7/2016)
Mashbill: 75% Corn, 21% Rye, 4% Malted Barley
Yield: 204 Bottles
Release Date: July 2022
Copper & Cask Spirits is an independent bottler that focuses on single barrel selections and cask strength releases, which so far have been fairly limited in the marketplace. Their label is registered to Latitude Beverage Co. out of Rhode Island, and their website is still “under construction” with more to come.
With that being said, we had the opportunity to select from a range of single barrels including bourbons of varying mashbills and ryes, so we figured why not? The barrels offered were all distilled at MGP. We taste and reject a lot of single barrels. But because we taste so many barrels, we have been finding some great MGP barrels in the 5-6 year range from time to time.
This particular lot of options had quite a range, but we were unanimously drawn to one barrel in particular. Despite being the highest proof of the bourbons, it erred much more heavily towards the sweet side with little to no heat, drinking closer to 100 proof than its stated 117.2. A rich caramel sweetness weaved its way in throughout, with big caramel sweetness complemented by other sweet dessert notes on the palate. It was the one for sure.
Given the price point (around $55) for a barrel proof bourbon of this caliber, we had to take it for the club. As for the nickname and sticker, “Caramel Bomb” seemed pretty appropriate. While some barrels have deeper intricate stories, this one is just plain delicious if you like heavy caramel and offered at a fantastic price point.
Nose: Caramel | Graham cracker | Toffee | Light rye spice
Palate: Big caramel chews | Vanilla custard | Creme brulee | Maple syrup | Deliciously sweet
Finish: Caramel sweetness persists | Light toasted marshmallow | Maple sugar candy
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