Review: Barrell 18-year-old Whiskey (Maisano’s)

Photo credit: Jonathan Maisano

A few weeks ago during a visit to Maisano’s Fine Wine & Spirits, owner Jonathan Maisano passed along a sample of an 18-year-old Barrell Whiskey he was going to release soon. I’m always up for a sneak preview!

That time is now. Barrel A117, an 18-year-old Kentucky straight whiskey, has just hit that store’s shelves. Coming in at 58.29% abv, or 116.58 proof, this single barrel whiskey carries wonderful aromas.

The nose is filled with hints of orchard fruits, vanilla, and light butterscotch. Light sweet corn and butterscotch kick off the palate. Stewed fruit and a slight herbal quality develop by mid-palate. That same fruitiness and the lightest touch of baking spice, along with a hint of astringency, finish things off.

The fruit complements the butterscotch well, with some “seasoning” in the form of herbs and spice thrown in there for good measure. Given this whiskey is 18 years old, it doesn’t come across as heavy or oaky. It’s REALLY nice neat, but also works well in a highball. Maisano’s has this Barrell Whiskey on shelves for $98.13. If it’s anything like their other single barrel offerings, it’ll be gone before you know it.

Thanks to Maisano’s Fine Wine & Spirits for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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