||Blend of Whiskies from around the world|
|Producer||Barrell Whiskey (Lousiville, Kentucky)|
This is an interesting product - it is a blend of whiskies from around the world - America, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Poland, and probably elsewhere over time. After every batch, 10% of the blend is held back and added to the next batch - resutling in an ever-evolving blend that retains a portion of all the whiskeys ever added to it.
Batch: April 7, 2022
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: 2022
I’d only had the cask strength bourbons from Barrell – so perhaps that baseline created my initial sense of surprise - the nose actually smells much more in a Canadian style dominated by bourbon-type flavouring whiskies than rye-types – it surprised me since I was expecting this to be closer to a bourbon style. But, it’s not surprising when you look at the ingredients.
The nose is sweet, with a broad base of grain – corn, accented with barley, oak, and baking spice. The palate is medium bodied and sweet with caramel, more oaky spices – it is indeed thick with wood and easy from a flavour (vice ABV) perspective. The finish has a nice outlay of corn, apple, nutmeg, and light tannin. There is quite a nice mineral tinge on the finish.
It’s a pleasant blend, but it doesn’t have the depth, complexity, or breadth of the really nice multiple grain/whisky style blends. Still, very enjoyable. Also, as much as I like high ABV whiskies, this one doesn’t have enough body – for my preferences – at full cask strength. I prefer this one in the high 40s or low 50s.
Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Low at $110.