Today we are drinking the second release from Barrell Bourbon. These guys aren't distillers, but rather producers out of New York, NY. Batch 002 is blended from whiskey distilled in TN and later bottled in KY. Batch 002 hit shelves August of 2014 and is similar to Batch 001 in many respects; while slightly lower in proof, it shares the same mash bill and age statement.
70% corn, 25% rye, 5% malted barley
5 years old
Nose: Intense cream of corn flows heavily through the nose. Vanilla jellybean, rye, and pecans waft from my glass but are quickly overtaken by thick leather and heavy oak.
Taste: While slightly lower in proof than Batch 001, the heat found in Batch 002 is without a doubt more abrasive. Buttered corn dominates the front palate with a nutty presence on the mid palate. Rye spice starts to dominate and is followed by a healthy dose of toasted oak.
Finish: My favorite part of any barrel proof bourbon is the lingering and warming finish. At 117.8 proof, Batch 002 has a fairly long and dry finish with notes of rye spice and toasted oak.
Conclusion: This is a good whiskey with a thick mouthfeel and bold flavors. That being said, Batch 002 is less complex than its predecessor and is a bit more abrasive in terms of heat and rye spice on the palate. Keep a look out for this limited release as well as future whiskeys from Barrell Bourbon.
My Rating: C (Decent)