Happy New Year! This is the inaugural release of Barrell Bourbon’s New Year bourbon, a once a year release based on a blend of multiple barrels from multiple ages, specially picked by Joe Beatrice and the Barrell Bourbon team to come up with what they believe to be an epic marriage. I did a little research and discovered there are 5yr, 8yr, 9yr, 10yr and 13yr barrels in this blend from Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana.
The nose is incredibly sweet with candy corn, Kit Kat, Reese’s Pieces, Peanut Butter M&M’s and fresh french toast topped with fresh butter and maple syrup. Again, in classic Barrell Bourbon fashion, the nose is not hot at all which is unbelievable for a 117 proof.
What a blend! The taste is so good, encompassing all the flavors from the nose, with the Peanut Butter M&M’s coming through the most. The gentle warmth is enjoyable, while the finish is long.
I think Barrell Bourbon New Year is the start of something special, and if you are lucky enough to find a bottle on the shelf, run to grab it, do not hesitate. I have a feeling this is going to be one of of the most anticipated releases of the year for many years to come… I wouldn’t be shocked if this showed up on bottle-spot.com at 2x retail very quickly. 97/100.