Let’s just get to the review… Iconic Barrell Bottle, this is the 11th Bourbon release. This one, and I’m pulling the details right from their website (http://www.barrellbourbon.com/bourbonbatches) is: Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Distilled and aged in Tennessee, Crafted and bottled in Kentucky, 114.8 proof cask strength bottling, Aged for 6 years in American oak barrels, and Mash bill: 70% corn, 25% rye, 5% malted barley.
The aroma jumps out of the glass with Honey Nut Cheerios, Jif, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, chocolate chip pancakes with maple syrup with a side of cinnamon toast. You can feel the heat, but the warmth is a secondary factor that adds, rather than subtracts to the experience.
WOW. The mouthfeel is incredible, and all the flavors on the nose are coming in really strongly through the mouth and the finish just goes on and on. The warmth on your chest after the first taste makes you know this is a barrel proof whiskey, but only adds to the experience, and is the background to the flavor. This Bourbon has a several minute finish with the oils and tannins following through. You don’t even need to add a drop of water to this, it’s perfect the way it is.
This might just be my favorite Barrell Bourbon release since Batch 006. This is one I’m going to stockpile. I still love that the rest of the world hasn’t yet caught on to this brand, so you can still find a bottle of these at the store for under $100. Still the best limited release cask strength product under $100 on the market. 98/100.