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Review: Barrell Rye Private Release from The Podcaster Yak Attack

By Christopher Null | January 24, 2024 |

Media mavens are increasingly getting into the private whiskey release biz, but this release is one of the most ambitious we’ve seen to date. Two podcasters — the Whiskey Ring Podcast and This is My Bourbon Podcast — collaborated on a single private barrel of Barrell Craft Spirits Rye which was finished in an Armagnac…

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Review: Barrell Bourbon New Year 2024

By Drew Beard | January 10, 2024 |

Another year down means another Barrell New Year batch to help us celebrate. Or forget. Usually, a bit of both. Barrell continues its everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to this specialty blend, adhering closely to the 2023 playbook with a cornucopia of bourbons distilled in eight different states and spanning 5 to 15 years old. While the bourbons…

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Review: Barrell Cask Finish Series – Tale of Two Islands and Amburana

By Jonathan Glover | December 10, 2023 |

Barrell’s always been good at names. Dovetail, their breakout evergreen release, is intended to evoke the dovetail joint, a nod to the precision that goes into its blending process. Seagrass, arguably its most successful blend, calls to mind the oceanside with its rye finished in rum, Madeira, and apricot brandy barrels. Vantage? A nod to,…

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Review: Barrell Foundation Bourbon and Rye Batch 004

By Drew Beard | December 3, 2023 |

What would bourbon season be without a few new releases from the prolific blenders at Barrell Bourbon? While Jonathan is hard at work tasting the new Cask Finish Series duo (more amburana!), today I’m checking out two somewhat a-typical offerings: Foundation, Barrell’s very first non-cask strength whiskey, and a new cask strength rye. Thoughts follow.…

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Review: Barrell Bourbon Batch 35

By Drew Beard | August 26, 2023 |

Barrell Bourbon is back with yet another batch in its long-running bourbon series. For those keeping score at home, we’re up to 35 now. To describe this one as another mix of bourbons sourced from Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee probably simplifies things too much. The Barrell folks do a great job of explaining on their…

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Review: Barrell Bourbon Batch 34

By Drew Beard | May 4, 2023 |

There have been so many Barrell batches over the years of such reliable quality that bourbon lovers can be forgiven for becoming a bit bored by them. Don’t get me wrong. I mean that as a compliment. Few brands have achieved that kind of consistency with such a truly small batch product. So much so,…

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Review: Barrell Private Releases, 2023

By Drew Beard | April 19, 2023 |

Single barrel selections continue to be some of the more sought-after offerings in American whiskey, and while Barrell Whiskey does occasionally offer the traditional single barrel from their impressive whiskey stocks via various retailers, fans can also enjoy an equally limited bottle of what Barrell does best. Dubbed Private Release, Barrell’s approach to these custom…

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Review: Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023

By Drew Beard | January 1, 2023 |

Well, it’s that time of year again, where you’re supposed to be making New Year’s resolutions not to drink so much, but along comes Barrell Craft Spirits with its annual New Year release just daring you to forget all about Dry January. (We did.) When it first launched in 2016, this bourbon was something of…

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Review: Barrell Vantage

By Drew Beard | November 1, 2022 |

We’re back again with yet another special release from Barrell Craft Spirits, and this one is all about the wood, three different types of wood, in fact. I’ll let Barrell supply the deets: Vantage is a blend of straight bourbons finished in three distinct expressions of virgin oak: Mizunara, French, and toasted American oak casks.…

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Review: Barrell Bourbon Batch 33

By Drew Beard | September 10, 2022 |

Barrell is back with yet another bourbon batch. It’s number 33, for those counting the rings on this dependable old tree. Once again, this is a blend of bourbons sourced from Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee, with the slight distinction that it’s a younger batch than previous releases. You have to go all the way back…

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