Barrell Whiskey 25-Year-Old Madeira Finish

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Last month, Barrell Craft Spirits introduced several new whiskey products to market. I will be reviewing them throughout this month. First up is the old man of the group, a 25-year-old Indiana whiskey finished in Sercial Madeira casks [sercial is the name of a white grape grown in Portugal and the name of the lightest, driest variety of Madeira fortified wines].

As with all Barrell products, this was bottled at its cask strength, 111.2 proof.

Appearance: Rich bronze; faint clouds dance around revealing the unfiltered goodness; thick legs form on the glass.

Nose: Initially, I get Welch’s Grape juice and dried fruits, which I attribute to the sercial casks. Rose petal and bright cherry make for an overall sweet nose, but intense vanilla, maple syrup, and oak hold it all together and transport me to the belly of a dark barrel warehouse.

Palate: Chocolate fudge, honey, cashew butter, and orange marmalade up front. Spice shows up mid-palate with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg…and then boom, oak, oak, oak.

Overall: Rarely have I enjoyed such a unique whiskey. The age and oak influence remind me of some of the oldest antique spirits we’ve tried- the extra-aged 1950s bourbons hiding in grandpa’s basement…but the well balanced fruit influence is all new to my palate. This is a special drink.