The review series continues and today is Barrell Whiskey Private Release, Joe’s Playlist Track #1 Hungarian Fair: 18yr Kentucky whiskey finished in a Tokaji Barrel. This is another very cool finish that I’ve never had before. I’m a huge fan of Tokaji, the original great dessert wine (even before Sauternes was popular).
Again, beautiful bottle with the light blue lettering on top of the dark blue background. I bought this one from Mash & Grape after seeing the playlist being promoted on Instagram. By the time this is published I’m sure it will have been sold out unfortunately.
The nose is inviting with sweet notes of ripe apricots, butterscotch and Cinnamon Toast Crunch with mild hints of heat. There are secondary notes of licorice, brioche and flaxseed flour.
Enjoyable mouthfeel focused on the back of the mouth to start then slowly works it was forward, a very interesting progression. You get the nutty notes first, then fruit and sweetness second. The second taste is better than the first. The finish is longer than a minute. What’s also interesting is the first day you open it, it’s a good pour, but after a week it evolves into a very good pour.
This is a really enjoyable pour and the barrel finish is very cool. 100% worth trying and adding to your collection. 95/100.