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Review: Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 and 022

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Barrell Bourbon is keeping the small batches flowing this fall. We recently received their two newest additions, Batch 021 and Batch 022. Let’s dive in!

Barrell Bourbon Batch 021 – Like the two batches before it, this one is a blend of 10- and 14-year-old straight rye bourbons from Kentucky and Tennessee. The nose is rich and complex with peanut brittle, toasted oak, and bruleed sugar. A bit of humid rickhouse in the aroma gives the whole thing a dank, oak-forward sweetness typically reserved for older bourbons. The palate is syrupy and mouth-coating with caramel apple, toffee pudding, and a little bit of banana Runts character. It dries out somewhat on the mid-palate but kicks up the candy apple sweetness, alongside some orange peel and cigar box. The finish is long and caramel covered with a bit of wet tobacco and cinnamon sugar. 106.34 proof. A / $90

Barrell Bourbon Batch 022 – This bottle is a mix of 5-year-old straight bourbons from Kentucky and Indiana; you’ve got to go way back to Batch 007 to taste a Barrell blend this young. On the nose, it’s bright and floral with caramelized peaches and assorted spice cabinet selections, alongside some cedar closet and a trace of pencil shavings. On the palate, it’s oily with a healthy spice and a mix of candy notes: clove chewing gum, orange rock candy, and a little Tootsie Roll. The mid-palate sees some black tea at first but eventually turns more classic with toffee and cinnamon stick notes. The finish is creamy, becoming all vanilla custard and caramel sauce into a medium-length, gently warming finish. 116.6 proof. A- / $90

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Drew Beard

Drew Beard is Assistant Editor and Social Media Manager for Drinkhacker. He has studied and written about beer, whisk(e)y, and other spirits since he first started drinking them. A recovering Federal government employee of 10+ years, he is happy to have finally found a career where it is acceptable to drink on the job.

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