Producer: Barrell Bourbon. Distiller: undisclosed. ABV: 56.05%. Age: 13 years. Mash bill: 75% corn, 18% rye, 7% malted barley. Price: $70-80.
I’d love to know what Joe Beatrice’s secret is to picking barrels, because this Barrell Bourbon Batch 009 is absolutely stunning. I’ve enjoyed most of Barrell’s prior bourbon batches, but this one is my favorite thus far.
Joe is the founder and president of Barrell Bourbon, which we’ve been pleased to follow almost from the beginning. Barrell has released a series of very impressive sourced bourbons, whiskies, and even a rum under his brand. Joe’s also getting into the distilling game, about which more here.
Batch 9 of the bourbon is a 13-year-old bourbon that was distilled in Tennessee, matured in Tennessee and Kentucky, and bottled at a cask strength 56.05% ABV.
On the nose are warm caramel and deep oak. The palate adds butterscotch, vanilla, baking spices, and buttered toast with jam. The beautiful finish reminds me of Brach’s butterscotch candy. Overall, BB 009 has an excellent balance of rich oak and candied sweetness.
I strongly recommend seeking out this batch while it’s still available. Joe, whatever you’re doing to pick these, please keep it up! – JTR
Barrell Bourbon graciously provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.