Barrell Craft Spirits continues to expand its ultra-aged offerings with the release of Gray Label Dovetail.
The original version, Barrell Dovetail, launched in 2018. This new expression uses the same blend and finishing method as Dovetail, but with older barrels, aged up to 20 years.
“Barrell Dovetail quickly became an industry and fan favorite within our portfolio,” says BCS Founder Joe Beatrice. “BCS Gray Label Dovetail provided us with the opportunity to showcase this unique flavor profile with an elegant new depth. Innovation is the lifeblood of our company and we’re proud to push the boundaries of blending each day.”
Distilled in IN, TN and Canada, BCS Gray Label Dovetail comes bottled at 131.54 proof.
Distilery-provided tasting notes are as follows:
- Nose: Green grape, tart apple, and pollen lead into just-pressed cider. The notes of gooseberry jam, cranberry sauce and dried apricot are pronounced and defined. Maple walnut ice cream, tahini and leather provide a subtle, savory undertone.
- Palate: Flavors ranging from strawberry rhubarb pie to fennel pollen. Flan and coconut oil provide a rich and creamy texture that balances some light sandy tannin and modest astringency. Depth seems to come mostly from the oldest Canadian whiskeys, in the form of fennel, poppy seed and peppercorn. Allspice, ginger and cola notes from the French and American oak round it out.
- Finish: A burst of licorice candy and molasses gives way to Earl Grey Tea with honey. The palate is left with a range of dusty mineral notes, among them necco wafers, oyster shell and squid ink.
The suggested retail price is $249.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
Founded in 2013 in Louisville, KY, BCS selects and blends products that explore different distillation methods, barrels and aging environments, and bottles them at cask strength.