Barrell Whiskey Private Release: Pineau des Charentes Barrel Finish Kentucky Whiskey
Barrell Whiskey Private Release is a very small scale series. Each blend is very precisely controlled in a detailed blending experiment that takes months to perfect. For every barrel, the recipe is different along with the choice of barrel. These single barrel experiments are then released to the public as micro blends. This is the first in company history.
For each experiment in the Private Release series they begin with Kentucky whiskey, the oldest being 18 years old. Once these recipes are sampled by hand and palate they are put into a single cask for maturation. Most of the barrels used once contained other spirits such as wine, rum, and brandy.
Since these barrels are released as micro blends they can be very hard to get ahold of as the quantities are extremely limited and distribution is small. It’s possible that only one state will get a certain blend. If you find one you like, don’t hesitate to buy more than one bottle as you may never see that bottle or blend again. It is possible that there will be another with a similar recipe though.
The nose is very approachable and sweet with hints of vanilla, caramel, pear, and apple.
When sipping this blend of Barrell Whiskey it’s like a roller coaster, it goes from sweet to hot to a harsh whiskey bomb. It’s has a heat but it’s also sweet with citrus and apple.
I felt that this blend was too hot and tingly on the tongue. It has a very nice sweet start, stimulating middle, and a syrup finish. It’s slightly silky and thin.