Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Barrell Bourbon Batch 007

Back to the Bourbon! I told you I was paying attention to Batch #'s and since I've already confessed how much I love this company, let's move on! It is definitely getting to be deliciously predictable that the bottle will show up and be a winner, but I will do my due diligence! This will make 7 different offerings from the team at BARRELL and each one has been great whiskey.

As usual, I stole this picture from their site, behold Batch 007: 

Basics on this bourbon:
~ Straight Bourbon
~ Distilled and aged in Tennessee
~ 122.4 proof {uncut, un-colored, non-chill-filtered}
~ 5 years {new, charred, #4 white oak}
~ 70% corn, 25% rye & 5% malted barley

The biggest difference between Batch 005 / 007 and the 007 is the age. 007 is a few years younger but a very similar mash bill; the same distillery; the same people; the same barrel treatment. I said before, I'll say it again, these kinds of offerings are so informative, especially if you keep the open bottles to try next to each other. I don't (usually), but I do keep decent notes and I do have a good sense memory. So, next best thing.

The corn character is opulent in this, the 5 years in wood have given this Bourbon a gorgeous balance. 007 shows more of the lighter, brighter fruit (like 006) with a definite shine of citrus against the darker notes you find in #4 char barrels- maple, caramel, cinnamon, cocoa, with some hints of the char coming through the structure is checked with tart fruit in a spiced lassi dusted with baking spice.

Nose: Aromas of light juicy summer fruits, with some softer citrus and Peruvian popcorn, playfully bounce from scents of darker oak with creamy notes of caramel woven in,

Taste: The flavors focus on pocket pastries with over-ripe stone fruit and buttery crust, without sacrificing the aromas. The flavors build to unified statements of rich. spiced, fruit and balance.

Finish: It goes on and on, re-stating the aromas and flavors, but also revealing some fleshier aspects to be sought out in subsequent tastings alongside a darker showing off the fruits.

This is beguiling whiskey, it is youthful but only if you think about it. It has an "old-soul" if that makes any sense. Definitely, a whiskey to seek out and savor.

*Founded by Joe Beatrice, Barrell Bourbon is committed to unique offerings with exceptional quality as the consistent bridge that connects each Batch. They tell their story on the website, check it out.

By the way, the website is fantastic. You can check out reviews (or post your own) and there some details on every offering that they have released and how / where to find them: Check it out here: http://www.barrellbourbon.com/

And definitely, check out the Tasting Notes by Warren Bobrow, they'll make you hungry and thirsty at the same time!