Barrell Batch #028 Bourbon Whiskey
Barrell Craft Spirits recently released one of its latest additions: Barrell Batch #028 Bourbon Whiskey. It is a blend of 10 and 11-year-old barrels created from three distinct sub-groups of barrels, according to the blender.
The first has aromas of tropical fruits, citrus zest and exotic spices. The second has a richness on the middle palate and a sweet, almond-like body. The third was peppery and tonic, adding a backbone of savory woodsy components to the final taste. The final blend is a bouquet of ripe, tropical and sweet flower aroma backed up by a robust punch of rustic wood, the brand said. More official tasting notes are below.
Barrell Batch #028 Bourbon Whiskey was distilled and aged in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana at 108.85 proof, cask strength, and will be sold at a suggested retail price of $90. Barrell Craft Spirits is based in Louisville, Kentucky and is an independent blender and bottler of unique, aged, cask strength sourced whiskey and rum.
An earthy orange hue, much like antique yarn dyed with tradition and left to age.
Maraschino liqueur and dried apricot lay a gentle, fruity foundation that recalls a boisterous chardonnay. Some rather sappy woodsy notes of rosemary and bamboo shoots. A touch of richness from cocoa butter and tallow.
Fruity in nature, yet well-balanced, so that nothing overwhelms. Candied praline sweetness is balanced by a smoked sea salt minerality. Brown butter richness is cut by a radicchio bitterness. Champagne-like acidity is matched by chalky tannin.
Complex and tropical, it first explodes with lychee, grapefruit peel, dragonfruit, and strawberry. Some dusty tannin on the tongue gives it length, evolving through lightly oxidized oolong tea and peppery gin until only smoked sea salt lingers.