Barrell Batch #25 Bourbon
Barrell's 25th batch of their celebrated blended bourbon highlights the unique additions that secondary grains contribute to aged bourbon. 13 to 15-year corn-forward bourbons and 5 to 9-year-old wheated bourbons (a first for Barrell) were slowly layered in with a selection of 9-year-old high-rye bourbons, revealing notes from the entire spectrum of available flavors. A portrait of finely tuned blending, Batch 25 is citrusy and peppery, without losing the opulence and oaky ease of the older ingredients.
The nose opens very high-toned and estery, on pineapple, plum, apple jelly, and honeydew melon.This blows off after a few minutes, revealing sweet tones of chocolate covered espresso beans, maple syrup, and stroopwafel. As it evolves it gathers woodsy mulling spices, hazelnut, leather, and mesquite smoke. The palate finds strawberry rhubarb pie, juicy fig and sour orange, making for a bright and zesty arrival. Such acidic fruits mirror the nose and couple with limestone minerality and sandy tannin to yield a vinous mouthfeel. It grows richer as you savor a mouthful, developing cappuccino, macadamia nut and leather. More herbaceous than the nose, here allspice is joined by cassia and licorice root. A quick, mineral burst of ink, graphite, and charcoal marks the finish, which slowly fades out on Tia Maria. Bottled at 56.7% abv.