Batch 10 is not the newest release from Barrell Bourbon, but one the newer side–I actually got 011 before I got 010. Eight years of age, 122 proof, Straight Bourbon Whiskey and distilled in Indiana. I think we all know what Indiana means, and most of the time I’ve really enjoyed the products that have come out of everyone’s favorite behind the scenes distiller.
Like all previous Barrell releases, this one comes in their beautiful bottle and has a nice golden amber color.
Strong nose with medium heat, butterscotch, graham crackers, pencil shavings, honeydew melon, tart dark cherries and honey.
The taste is great. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, strong and enjoyable. I’m sick of thin “cask strength” whiskies, and this is powerful with so many layers. The tannins, oil, and complexity really make this finish go on for a very long time. I clocked the second taste at 3 minutes and didn’t drop off. That doesn’t happen often.
So… I know a lot of readers are going to say: “Hey, it’s Indiana, so it’s MGP, so who cares?” Well… I think what the best thing about Barrell Bourbon so far is that they have an uncanny ability to pick the right barrels. I’m sure a lot of brands that source whiskey just take whatever they can get their hands on. It’s very clear that Barrell Craft Spirits is much more picky. The barrels they picked up this time made one helluva batch for #10. 95/100.
I like Batch 10 a lot and if you can find it, you should buy it. But if you see batch 011 instead, but two of 011, and only one of 010. Check out my blog on that one here: https://newbourbondrinker.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/newest-barrell-bourbon-batch-is-a-home-run-011/