Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Barrell Whiskey, Batch 004

Ok, Batch 004 of the Barrell Whiskey is here, we have already talked about why it is not Barrell Bourbon. You already know that I love this company! You also know my affection for American Whiskey and how happy I am that BARRELL is releasing these limited editions to show how great American Whiskey can be. This offering is fantastic, but the details are kinda all over the place.
So here is a brief breakdown of what is going on in it from the website:

"Barrell Whiskey 004 was distilled in Indiana and Tennessee and aged for 11 years in used American oak barrels, then finished in rum casks and rye barrels and bottled in Kentucky at 120.6 proof. We selected barrels of a Tennessee whiskey and an Indiana whiskey for this batch. Separately, the two whiskeys were finished in either rum casks left over from Barrell Rum Batch 001 production, or rye barrels to add structure and spice. We made four combinations: Tennessee whiskey finished in rum casks, Tennessee whiskey finished in rye barrels, Indiana whiskey finished in rum casks, and Indiana whiskey finished in rye barrels. We then selected and blended a number of barrels of both whiskeys with both finishes to create something really special."

Did you get all that? Wow.

~~~BARRELL Whiskey Batch 004:
~ Cask strength American Whiskey
~ Distilled in Indiana and Tennessee
~ Crafted and bottled in Kentucky
~ First in previously used American Oak
~ Finished in rum casks and rye barrels
~ 11 years aging before finishing
~ 120.6 proof {uncut, un-colored, non-chill-filtered}
~ Mash bill is corn, rye & malted barley

Batch 004 shows roasted fruits, creamy spice, tropical air and exotic aromas dance with traditional flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, toasty grains with fabulous balance and grace. A fun, complex and lovely whiskey.

The aromas lead with wet wood, stewed yellow apple, hard peach, tropical & citrus fruits and vanilla cream dusted with spice and powdered sugar. It is sharp, crisp, sweet, balanced and inviting.

The flavors show wound up spices that unfurl to a brisk, vibrant mouthfeel and candied fruits resolving at toasty grains and woody tones.

The finish fades restating all the fun beginning with a bitter snap that quickly transitions into spices that slowly fade back into the fruits, lingering on in wood nuance with supple savory hints; overall a sumptuous experience that needed to be repeated.
*Barrell Whiskey (Bourbon and Rum) was founded by Joe Beatrice; they are committed to unique offerings with exceptional quality to connect each Batch offering. They tell their story on the website, check it out.

The website is fun. Check out reviews (or post your own) and there are details on every offering that they have released and how / where to find them: Here is the address: http://www.barrellbourbon.com/

Monday, March 6, 2017

ELIJAH CRAIG BARREL PROOF

From their website:

"Uncut, straight from the barrel without chill filtering, the nose, taste, and finish created by twelve years of aging are preserved in their simplest form. At full barrel proof, you can enjoy Elijah Craig much the same way our Master Distillers do when they sample straight from the barrel in our Kentucky rickhouses. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is a bold and honest expression of what charred oak barrel aging can do for Bourbon, from the man who originated the process.

Reality: Varies by Release
Barrel Proof Batches

Each batch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is an uncut Small Batch of 12-year-old Bourbon bottled straight from the barrel. The variance in proof from batch to batch presents a unique opportunity to explore the impact of the angel's share and the resulting proof in a small batch of barrels.

The first letter of the batch number indicates which of that year's releases the bottle was a part of starting with "A", while the second digit is a number that determines the month of the year the bottle was released. The third and fourth digits indicate the year".

Absolutely honest and direct.

Now, I am going to throw in my two cents. This is a fantastic deal on high-quality bourbon. I have had multiple Barrel Proof Elijah Craig and they were always great. I am glad that Heaven Hill moved to this concept and think you will be too.

Since they are all different (yet readily available), I am not going to post detailed tasting notes, but here are quick notes from the small sample I had.

So the ONE I am tasting is from Jan 2017---
N: High, tight fruit candy/hard candy.oak, dried flowers, and stone fruit

T: Follows the nose that with emphasizes vibrant, spices and round fruit

F: The finish carries on with the aroma and flavor structure with a touch of warming alcohol made even more vivacious against strong the wood tones.

Great bourbon for fans of higher proof. Be careful when adding water, it is really easy to put this bourbon to sleep. That being said, I am sure it would sing with a bit of ice or in a lovely cocktail.