Barrell Bourbon is keeping the small batches flowing this fall. We recently received their two newest additions, Batch 021 and Batch 022. Let’s dive in!
Barrell Bourbon Batch 21 – Like the two batches before it, this one is a blend of 10- and 14-year-old straight rye bourbons from Kentucky and Tennessee. The nose is rich and complex with peanut brittle, toasted oak, and bruleed sugar. A bit of humid rickhouse in the aroma gives the whole thing a dank, oak-forward sweetness typically reserved for older bourbons. The palate is syrupy and mouth-coating with caramel apple, toffee pudding, and a little bit of banana Runts character. It dries out somewhat on the mid-palate but kicks up the candy apple sweetness, alongside some orange peel and cigar box. The finish is long and caramel covered with a bit of wet tobacco and cinnamon sugar. 106.34 proof. A / $90
Barrell Bourbon Batch 22 – This bottle is a mix of 5-year-old straight bourbons from Kentucky and Indiana; you’ve got to go way back to Batch 7 to taste a Barrell blend this young. On the nose, it’s bright and floral with caramelized peaches and assorted spice cabinet selections, alongside some cedar closet and a trace of pencil shavings. On the palate, it’s oily with a healthy spice and a mix of candy notes: clove chewing gum, orange rock candy, and a little Tootsie Roll. The mid-palate sees some black tea at first but eventually turns more classic with toffee and cinnamon stick notes. The finish is creamy, becoming all vanilla custard and caramel sauce into a medium-length, gently warming finish. 116.6 proof. A- / $90 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]