Barrell Bourbon, Batch 005

Barrell Bourbon is a small business founded in 2013 by Joe Beatrice, an ad man with ties to New York and Massachusetts. Beatrice dabbled in brewing his whole life and decided to try his hand at distilling after taking a distillery tour with his wife. After considering the economics of making and aging whiskey, he wisely abandoned that plan and began purchasing, blending, and bottling whiskey for his Barrell label. All of his products are bottled at cask strength. He is as transparent as he can be with his processes and products, a decision that has won him support from most consumers. I highly recommend Axis of Whisky's interview with Joe from September 2015.

Batch 005 is a Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Its mash bill is 70% corn, 26% rye, and 4% malted barley, and it was aged for 8 years, 3 months. As distribution expands, we're starting to see it close to home.

Barrell Bourbon (Batch 005)

Barrell Bourbon (distilled somewhere in Tennessee)
124.7 proof
$90 at ABC in Salisbury, NC

Color: Burnt orange. 

Nose: Nosing BB 005 is like walking through an apple orchard on a cold fall day. Brown sugar, lightly charred oak, fresh caramel apple, apple cider, apple butter, cinnamon, and enough alcohol to warm up the nostrils, but not so much to be overpowering.  

Tasting Notes: Up front, I get caramel and orange marmalade sweetness which are followed quickly by allspice, cinnamon, barrel char, and a dose of alcohol heat. The finish is spicy and dry but enough caramel and brown sugar hang on to keep it pleasant. 

Overall: B. Barrell Bourbon Batch 005 starts sweet and finishes pretty dry and hot. I am happy with it, although I prefer the batches of Col. EH Taylor Barrel Proof and Elijah Craig Barrel Proof that we have in the cabinet.