Barrel Bourbon Batch 013 and Rye Batch 001

The captain over at Barrel Bourbon, Joe Beatrice, graciously sent us a couple new products to try - Barrell Bourbon Batch 013 and the very first of its kind, Barrell Rye Batch 001! I figured two bottles called for two tasters, so my fiancé, Lauren, agreed to co-review these whiskeys. As such, I have chosen to borrow her review style: CASK - Color, Aroma, Sip, Kick.

*Disclaimer: her opinions should be taken with a grain of salt - after all, she agreed to marry me.

Please check out our other Barrell reviews as well: Bourbons 002005006007008009010011, and 012, and Whiskeys 002 and 004

Cheers!

Barrell Bourbon Batch 013

Barrell Bourbon
http://www.barrellbourbon.com
113 proof
5 years old. Corn, rye (high and low), malted barley.
Distilled and aged in Tennessee and Indiana; bottled in Kentucky.

Color

Orange-leaning amber.

Aroma

Heavy on toasted corn with sweet cinnamon-apple and orange. 

Sip

Instantly pleasant and sweet. Strong hints of brown sugar and oak while clove and cinnamon start to pop.

Kick:

The sweet sugary notes yield to a slow, stinging burn that creeps down the back of the mouth. All you're left with is spice. Certainly a warming sipper.

Overall

A-. A tasty sweet-and-spicy, this whiskey is full of layers.

Barrell Rye Batch 001

Barrell Bourbon
http://www.barrellbourbon.com
117 proof
4.5 years old. Rye, corn, malted barley.
Distilled and aged in Tennessee and Indiana; bottled in Kentucky.

Color

A bright, vibrant amber. Almost Jurassic Park amber - the one with the mosquito in it.

Aroma

Pretty raw right away. The longer it sits, the more the lemon zest comes out.

Sip

You don't have to stare at the bottle to understand this is a rye whiskey - spice on spice. Rye up front, in the end, and throughout while traces of chocolate, powder sugar, and nutmeg sneak out.

Kick:

She hot. And you don't have to wait for it to unfold. We feel like the proof may have been transposed - 131 it is.

Overall

B+. The first batch of Barrell Rye does not disappoint. While the rye is dominant, the sweet notes work hard to balance it out. Well played, Joe. We look forward to the next several editions of Barrell Rye.

Will BertramComment