Company: Barrell Craft Spirits
Distillery: Sourced (from undisclosed distilleries in Tennessee, Indiana, and Kentucky)
Age: 10 Years, 4 Months (also contains 14 and 15 year old bourbons per the company’s website)
Mashbill: Corn, Rye, and Malted Barley (undisclosed percentages)
MSRP: $90 (2018)
Barrell Bourbon Batch 017 is a blend of Tennessee, Indiana, and Kentucky bourbons ranging in age from 10 years and 4 months to 15 years. It’s in the range of average proof and higher than average age compared with other bourbon batches in the Barrell Bourbon Batch lineup. Like other Barrell products, it is released uncut at barrel proof.
A delicate array of scents forms a complex and inviting nose. Cinnamon, allspice, and a dab of buttered cornbread form the base. Dark fruit and raw grain also come into play. On the sip, allspice and rye give way to fruity notes of plum, apple, and apricot. Cinnamon and rye spice lead the finish, with barrel char and orange zest on the backend. This rush of spice on the finish transforms an otherwise rich yet tame barrel proof sip into a slightly more robust affair.
Each batch of Barrell Bourbon is different, but as I experience each I do find underlying consistencies. An underlying spice and cornbread-y note are common traits. By direct comparison, I like Batch 017 a little more than 016, though the difference is marginal. Batch 017 has less spice, but more complexity. At 112.5 it’s a formidable proofpoint, however it’s very easy to sip, relatively speaking. It’s another great Barrell Bourbon - a premium bourbon at a premium price. As Barrell continues to push the boundaries of flavor profile with their products, their bourbon batches, albeit each a unique blend, lend some consistency within the brand as they often seem to have familiar underlying flavor characteristics relative to one another.
The sample used for this review is from a production bottle and was provided at no cost courtesy of Barrell Craft Spirits. We thank them for the sample and for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.