Unicorn alert… Single Barrel from Barrell Craft Spirits… 13yr Rye… Barrel L943, bottle #100… this clocks in at a HazMat 145.2 proof. When I saw this, I grabbed a few… don’t think I’ll ever come across a Barrell HazMat again and I strongly regret not getting enough of the ECBP 140.2 proof back when I could…
Nose… the moment you pop the cork the nose jumps out at you–before even pouring the glass. You can tell this is Canadian… maple syrup and vanilla rock candy permeates the room. With the whiskey is the glass I’m also getting Necco wafers, heavy cream, butterscotch and gingerbread houses. The crazy part is, I’m not getting much burn here on the nose, and this is HazMat!
The mouthfeel is great, completely oily covering the whole mouth. There is decent heat and you can tell it’s not bottled in bond, but it’s enjoyable and balanced. There is a strong tannin structure that goes right through the center and the finish builds up momentum with more and more flavor coming through. This is a two to three minute finish.
In one way this is very different than any of the other Barrell releases I’ve had before… but it’s also consistent with quality and nuance and putting out really good whiskies, straight from the barrel. If you can find this on the shelf, do not hesitate to grab it (or two or three!). Finding HazMat whiskies that are good are extremely hard to find, and this is one of them. Will be something that probably just goes up in value due to scarcity, but if you find them, grab two, so you can still open one. I will probably open another one once this is gone… It’s worth it! 96/100.