Barrell Bourbon Batch 21
Barrell Bourbon Batch 21 is the culmination of two separate projects used to contrast one another. The first is a blend of 10-year-old barrels from TN, IN, and KY.
These barrels were sorted into 3 groups by their most defining characteristics: one group of the most corn-forward and buttery barrels, one group of the woodiest barrels, and one group of easy-drinking lower-proof barrels.
The result was three different ingredients, each designed to bring a particular aspect to the final product.
The balancing of these three ingredients proved difficult as the woodier ingredient so easily dominated the other two but also brought a viscosity and mouth feel that we found very intriguing.
Ultimately, folks behind the brand chose to integrate 18 carefully chosen 14-year-old barrels into the final blend.
This allowed keeping the dry, woody, and palate-coating characteristics in the 10-year-old blend by accenting them with a fruitier, gentler 14-year-old component.
The result, Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 is a wonderfully autumnal bourbon, built on a dry toasty backbone with hints of butter and fruit layered in for complexity and contrast. (Barrell Bourbon Batch 21 )