The newest release from Barrell Bourbon is a 13yr Straight Bourbon Tennessee Whiskey, and is the oldest to date. It’s a dark caramel color, in the classic BB bottle. This one is bottled at one of their lower proofs, 112.1. Never chill filtered, bottled at cask strength, just the way Bourbon should be…
The nose has a sweet caramel popcorn nose, graham cracker s’mores, crispy apple tart, rock dust, cedar bbq chips and cheerios. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by now with Barrell Bourbon, but there is almost no heat on the nose at all.
Down the hatch… the taste is great, getting all the flavors from the nose on the palate with a great mouthfeel as well. It really coats the tongue and brings in a peanut butter aftertaste, and like peanut butter, sticks to the top of the mouth finishing for well over a minute, with a very enjoyable warming.
I posted this photo for this review, not just because I like #bourbonporn and #bbqporn but because I thought this bourbon was the perfect pairing for a nice long smoked rack of ribs in my green egg. Thirteen years is a long time for any bourbon, and quite rare to find one at under $100 that is this good. This bourbon is also so much better after you have opened it for a few hours or even days. When I first opened it I thought this was going to be a high 80’s or maybe low 90’s rated whiskey, but after a while this baby really opens up. I also am generally not a fan of adding water, but a couple drops really helps this bourbon evolve. Like a great rack of ribs, it takes all day, and evolves by the end of the day. I’m definitely grabbing a couple extra bottles of this one to put into the bunker, I mean, 13yr cask strength bourbon for under $100?!?!? 95.5/100