The blending house Barrell Craft Spirits has announced Barrell Vantage, a blend of straight bourbons finished in three expressions of virgin oak: Mizunara, French and toasted American oak casks.
As the newest ongoing release in the BCS portfolio, this expression emphasizes each wood characteristic and flavor contribution in the blend, and highlights the toasted characteristics of these finishing casks, the company says.
Each component whiskey in Barrell Vantage is finished separately, then combined.
Through past introductions including Armida, Dovetail and Seagrass, the BCS team has many years of experience with three-part barrel finishing. With Barrell Vantage, the team applied those same techniques to the oak itself, using different char levels, toast levels and oak origins to create the blend.
“Barrell Vantage is a bourbon dedicated to the arts of barrel selection and blending,” says BCS Founder Joe Beatrice. “We drew upon our years of blending expertise, creativity and testing to create a bourbon with impeccable balance and depth of flavor that embraces different char and toast levels, along with its oak origins. Barrell Vantage is an exciting step forward in our never-ending journey to take bourbon to new heights.”
Barrell Vantage was distilled in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, and then bended and bottled in Kentucky at cask strength, 114.44 proof (57.22% ABV).
It is now available at select retailers and online via the BCS website at barrellbourbon.com, for the suggested retail price of $89.99 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.
This follows the recent release of Barrell Gray Label Dovetail.