Barrell’s annual New Year release for 2022 follows on from 2021 with their usual no-holds-barred blending gymnastics, this time composed of straight bourbon whiskeys sourced from a whopping seven states (TN, IN, KY, OH, WY, NY, and TX), variously aged 5, 6, 7, 9, and 14 years. Barrell has proven through the years that blending is its own veritable skill in the bourbon kingdom that results in some tremendous pours.
I’ll just cut to the chase and say 2022 is pure delight. The nose is so delicately balanced across its sourced juice that no one note overshadows another, and instead there is a gentle waft of caramel wood mellow fruit with the faintest of ethanol accent to the mint spice in one harmonious whiff. The palate is a spicy and bright display of burnt toffee and walnut banana bread, with the right tingly kick on the tongue of mint and cinnamon to keep things from getting too sweet. A soft oak and leather note grips the finish and lands on a muted cornbread and cocoa conclusion, with each sip changing and shifting slightly as it goes.
Grab one if you find it. There’s something for every bourbon drinker in this latest machination.
A / $85 / barrellbourbon.com