I've noticed a lot of excitement surrounding Barrell Bourbon and their products on social media lately. It's been almost two years since my last Barrell Bourbon review (batch 005), and it's been a pleasure to watch this company grow year after year. As if curating sought after bourbon wasn't hard enough, they're also selling rum, rye and American whiskey now! Batch 012 is their most recent Bourbon release. Distilled and aged in Tennessee, Batch 012 was crafted in Kentucky and bottled at cask strength.
bill: 70% corn, 25% rye, 5% malted barley
Waves of rye spice with a splash of cinnamon and nutmeg. It's
rich with sweet corn, chocolate covered raisins, and red fruits.
The mouthfeel is chewy and rich. It leads with pepper spice, cinnamon, and
raisin bread. The spice is balanced by a gentle sweetness. I taste cornflakes,
whip cream, and milk chocolate.
Rye spice align with toasted oak. Smooth, yet warming.
Conclusion: The flavors in Batch 012 blend together elegantly. In my opinion, there's nothing better than cask strength bourbon; this has a deep, cask strength character which, hands down, exceeds expectations. It seems they are sourcing bourbon that is more mature and well rounded these days, which is great. I'm looking forward to more nice delicious releases from Barrell Bourbon in the future!
B+ (Very Good)