Barrell Bourbon Batch 011 is crafted by Barrell Craft Spirits, LLC (BCS) or Barrell Bourbon which is an independent bottler of unique batch, cask-strength, aged sourced whiskey and rum spirits. Barrel Bourbon has built a huge name for themselves, especially as of late. Over the last two years, Barrel Bourbon has won amazing awards in the Ultimate Spirit Challenge and the San Francisco World Spirits competitions, earning scores between 92-98 and four Double Gold medals. Barrell Bourbon Bactch 011, which is being reviewed here, was a Finalist in the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Awards, with an Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation and received a score of 96! This goes to show that they are not gaining popularity and recognition from a fancy bottle or a fancy name, or because in today’s bourbon whiskey world everybody is searching out cask-strength varieties. Barrell Bourbon has proved that they have great products by putting out award winning spirits.
At BCS they definitely have a niche for finding and selecting barrels of great tasting bourbon whiskey and other spirits. Barrell Bourbon crafts products by bottling spirits at cask strength that shows off unique effects of different distillation methods, barrels, and aging environments. All of the batches that Barrell Bourbon puts out are limited releases and produced with a distinct flavor profile that they intentionally hit. Aside from sourcing both bourbon and American whiskey, Barrell Bourbon or BCS unveiled plans to build a distillery in Louisville, Kentucky and start their own distilling. On to Barrell Bourbon Batch 011 review.
Barrell Bourbon Batch 011 has a deep golden honey color with shades of reddish auburn. Barrel Bourbon Batch 011 is a Straight Bourbon Whiskey, distilled and aged in Tennessee, then crafted and bottled in Kentucky. Aged for 6 years in American white oak barrels and bottled at cask-strength at 114.8 proof. The mash bill is 70% corn, 25% rye, and 5% malted barley.
Distiller: Barell Craft Spirits
Age: 6 years
ABV: 57.4% (114.8 proof)
Sweet toffee and syrupy cherry notes gives the senses much excitement, with some aromas of tobacco and seasoned oak.
Right away thick maple syrup flavor coats the entire mouth with lots of vanilla, quickly followed by notes of dried cinnamon sticks and clove that remind you that this is definitely a high-rye mash bill. Flavors of sweet corn and ripe dark fruits are also very apparent with a nice little taste of oak.
The finish is long and rich while the candy-like maple flavor lingers. Notes of sweet hazelnut spread on a graham cracker shows up on the finish, followed by vanilla and dry oak.
Barrell Bourbon releases range anywhere from $65-$90 which is right in the middle of the spectrum of cask-strength whiskeys. After reviewing Barrell Bourbon Batch 011 and enjoying every bit of the bourbon, I would say the value is fair, especially since Barrell Bourbon tends to put out high quality products that most consumers speak highly of. I would like to see more of these types of offerings closer to the $60 price range, but with the bourbon boom happening right now, cask-strength or barrel proof whiskeys are extremely sought after.
To Trap or Not To Trap:
If you get a chance to buy a bottle of Barrell Bourbon batch 011, I recommend trapping this delicious bourbon and bringing it home.