The Louisville-based independent bottler Barrell Craft Spirits has announced the releases of Barrell Bourbon Batch 029.
This is a blend of straight bourbon whiskeys, from barrels aged 6, 7, 9, 10, 14 and 16 years.
The base of Barrell Bourbon Batch 029 is an herbal and viscous mix of Indiana bourbons, the company reports. The blend then expanded with 6- and 7-year-old rye-grain Kentucky bourbon, chosen for its cinnamon spice note, plus floral 9- and 10-year-old wheated bourbon. Finally, a small amount of Tennessee bourbon aged 6, 14, and 16 years went into this blend for a fruity nose and a long, oxidative finish.
Like all of the company’s products, Barrell Bourbon Batch 029 is cask strength at 115.88 proof.
This bourbon exhibits an initial burst of fruit — pear and papaya — on the nose, according to distillery-provided tasting notes, followed by lime cordial on the palate. There’s an procession through rye-driven mulling spices and rich oaky lactones. Ultimately, Barrell Bourbon Batch 029 settles into an array of dessert notes, including treacle tart, milk chocolate and Boal madeira.
With a touch of water, leafy aromas of tarragon, pandan and celery come to the forefront, the company adds, for a lightly savory dimension. The palate grows darker in character, as espresso beans and ripe puerh tea emerge. The finish gains notes of guava and cherry blossom.
The suggested retail price for Barrell Bourbon Batch 029 is $90 per 750-ml. bottle.