Barrell Craft Spirits has recently put out several very limited, very special releases. Many of them are based on a 18yr Kentucky Whiskey, some single barrels, some barrel finishes. In addition they released a tiny production via social media called “Joe’s Playlist.” If you weren’t following them on Instagram, you might have missed it. I think there might be a couple bottles left on Mash & Grape (link). Today I will be reviewing the Joe’s Playlist #2: Genesis.
Even though I usually don’t give the review until the end, I will say that I liked this one so much that I reached out to Barrell Bourbon directly to ask them more about this specific barrel. It was unique and so good, and only 4yrs old, so I needed to understand how it was possible for it to be this delicious. Joe said “these are amazing barrels that I bought three years ago. They have been aged in Indiana, New York, Tennessee and Kentucky. they are among my favorites and are a part of our company history.” Four years old, aged in four states, maybe all the moving around helped expedite the aging? I don’t know… on to the review:
Nice amber color, in the beautiful iconic Barrell bottle, their rye label is green and has the Playlist label on top “Genesis Track #2”. Barrel number MG01 (clearly a reference to MGP), age stated 4yrs, 119.56 proof, straight rye whiskey and distilled in Indiana.
Cinnamon stick, rock candy and eucalyptus on the nose, very strong aroma but very little heat. Never would have guessed the age based on nose. Secondary notes of dried orange peel, nutmeg and spearmint.
Epic mouthfeel, totally coats everything and the rock candy, spearmint and spices come through strong. There is a decent hug, more than the nose indicates but very enjoyable. The finish goes on for multiple minutes. The spice lingers for so long and not once does it fade to bitter. What gets me is how thick the mouthfeel is and how enjoyable. This is special.
The only downside to this is that it’s a single barrel and will never be duplicated. It’s an insanely good pour and rivals the best Thomas H Handy I’ve had and certainly beats last year’s. I was told that this is the barrel that inspired Joe’s Playlist and I know why. If there is a MG02 of MG03 I know that I will be in line to get it! I bought this bottle myself and I’m glad I bought two of them! 98/100