Gaining a larger following with each batch, Barrell Craft Spirits has released their latest bourbon. Batch 011 is a six-year-old bourbon distilled in Tennessee. Like previous releases, Batch 011 is bottled at cask strength. In this case 57.4%, or 114.8 proof. The mash bill for this one is 70% corn, 25% rye, and 5% malted barley. The high amount of rye should provide a bit of extra spice. Let’s see how it fares.
The nose kicks things off with spices (cinnamon, allspice, cloves) thanks to the rye grain, followed by thick caramel. A little airtime develops a bit of sweet corn, along with a buttery dough that reminds me of unbaked cinnamon rolls. The entry is a little hot, with initial notes of light caramel and slightly sharp rye spice. There’s a little development beyond that, with hints of cinnamon candy and some herbs emerging. The finish is chest-warming, and surprisingly clean, with just a short burst of light brown sugar and cinnamon.
In our current “older is better” age (not true, by the way), a six-year-old bourbon might grab the attention of those looking for older releases. There’s definitely quality in the crafting of the whiskies that make up this batch. Batch 011 might not turn heads, but it is a beautiful example of a delicious, classic bourbon and shouldn’t be overlooked. 8/10
Thanks to Barrell Bourbon for the sample! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.