SBC #70, #71 Barrell Bourbon & Barrell Whiskey

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.

SBC #70: Barrell Bourbon Private Blend “Breaking Barrell: The Complete Second Blend”

Retailer Partner: Seelbach’s

Classification: Blend of Straight Bourbons

Company: Barrell Craft Spirits

Distillery: Sourced from Undisclosed Distilleries in Tennessee, Kentucky & Indiana

Age: 55% 5 Year, 30% 7 Year, 10% 10 Year, 5% 17 Year

Proof: 114.38 (Barrel Proof)

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Yield: 168 Bottles

Release Date: December 2022

SBC #71: Barrell Bourbon Whiskey Finished in an Islay Single Malt Scotch Cask “Breaking Barrell: International Outlaw - The Islay Times”

Retailer Partner: Seelbach’s

Classification: Whiskey Finished in an Islay Single Malt Scotch Cask

Company: Barrell Craft Spirits

Distillery: Sourced from Undisclosed Distilleries in Kentucky & Indiana

Age: NAS

Proof: 124.16 (Barrel Proof)

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Yield: 231 Bottles

ReleaseDate: December 2022


There are some barrel picks we get really excited about, and Barrell Craft Spirits is one of them. We arranged a visit to their location in Louisville, where we spent some quality time with the Barrell team that includes company Founder Joe Beatrice, Chief of Distillery Operations/Chief Whiskey Scientist Tripp Stimson, and Blender/Manager of Blending Operations Nic Christiansen. For the first time in quite a while, all three of us Breaking Bourbon Co-Founders were in Kentucky at the same time, and we were joined by long-time friend Ryan Cecil, Co-Founder of Bourbon Pursuit and Pursuit Spirits. This was one of those cases where it was as fun catching up with old friends as it was tasting a wide range of whiskeys, and putting the two together was even better.

We typically narrow down the options before starting a selection with Barrell - either focusing on a private blend, a true single barrel, or a subset of something else. In this case, we kept the options wide open. The Barrell team pre-selected a wide variety of whiskeys that ranged from single barrels from different states, a range of ages, to private blends and whiskeys finished in an Islay Single Malt Scotch cask, Barbados Rum cask, Cognac cask, and even a Boal Madeira barrel.

We could have easily gone with a number of the options presented, but decided to narrow it down to two. As the conversation unraveled we realized there was a strong (and unanimous) preference among the three of us to take two barrels, with one of them being a more straightforward bourbon and the other being a wild card.

For the bourbon pick, we really gravitated towards the private blends. The preeminent blender in the bourbon business, the Barrell Craft Spirits team is on top of their game when it comes to blending. We ultimately decided on a 114.38 proof blend of 55% 5 year, 30% 7 year, 10% 10 year, and 5% 17 year bourbons originating from three different states. Balanced, well-rounded, and plenty of character. An easy choice.

For the wild card, we had a bit more to talk about. We love cognac finished bourbons, rum finished are always fun, and Madeira can be really good too. But this one surprised us. The three of us rarely gravitate towards scotch, and while we enjoy one from time to time it can be a polarizing venture, especially for a bourbon-only drinker. The Islay Malt Scotch finished barrel knocked it out of the park. Starting as an ex-Maker’s Mark Bourbon barrel, it then aged Islay Scotch (exact source unknown), and then made its way back to the United States. The end result - a whiskey that is quintessentially American, integrating rich, more traditional American whiskey flavors with just the right amount of scotch influence to add layers of depth. We were unanimous on this one, and so it was done.

For the stickers we continued our parody that originally started with SBC #42. This time, we also featured Tripp Stimson and Nic Christiansen along with Joe Beatrice in an iconic two-sticker set. “Breaking Barrel: The Complete Second Blend” goes with the private bourbon blend pick, and “Breaking Barrel: International Outlay - The Islay Times” of course goes with the whiskey finished in Islay Scotch barrels.

Tasting Notes

SBC #70: Barrell Bourbon Private Blend “Breaking Barrell: The Complete Second Blend”

Aged oak | Brown sugar | Caramel | Nutmeg

Palate: Graham cracker | Seasoned oak | Aged oak | Toasted marshmallow | Vanilla custard | Light caramel | Barrel char | Well rounded

Finish: Wave of spice | Tobacco | Graham cracker | Dry oak | Nutty undertone | Long

SBC #71: Barrell Bourbon Whiskey Finished in an Islay Single Malt Scotch Cask “Breaking Barrell: International Outlaw - The Islay Times”

Nose: Sugary candy sweetness | Candy apple | Kettle corn | Touch of leather | Inviting

Palate: Caramel | Vanilla | Leather | Light, manageable scotch flavor on the backend | Rich flavors | Delicious

Finish: Candy corn | Caramel apple | Hint of leather | Touch of molasses | Lingering spice

About Seelbach’s

For this pick, we partnered with spirits retailer Seelbach’s, which was founded by Blake Riber, also the creator of Bourbonr and the Bourbonr Facebook group. An online-only retailer with a twist, we interviewed Riber to discuss how he’s running his shop differently than everyone else. “Unlocking Craft Spirits” he calls it - seeking out up-and-coming craft distilleries and learning about their process and tasting through their products to find hidden gems.

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Please note these bottles will not be sold by Breaking Bourbon, but will be sold by retailers we partner with in order to fulfill the orders and ship the bottles directly to Patreon supporters. Breaking Bourbon will receive no compensation from our partner retailers under these agreements (with the exception of a bottle from each barrel for editorial purposes). If you represent a retailer and ship to consumers and you’re interested in partnering just let us know!

Written By: BB Team

December 2, 2022
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