Assessment: Barrell Personal Releases, 2023

Single barrel alternatives proceed to be a few of the extra sought-after choices in American whiskey, and whereas Barrell Whiskey does sometimes provide the standard single barrel from their spectacular whiskey shares by way of varied retailers, followers may get pleasure from an equally restricted bottle of what Barrell does greatest. Dubbed Personal Launch, Barrell’s method to those customized single barrels mirrors their elaborate, massive quantity batches and specialty blends however in miniature. I’ll let Barrell clarify:

The Personal Launch Sequence lets us train our mixing experience whereas sustaining a single barrel-like scale managed solely by hand and by palate. Our objective is all the time to maximise the most effective attributes of every part. Each ounce of each ingredient modifications the general character of those blends, as does the barrel that every one is aged in. For that motive, these barrels take months to shine and excellent. Whereas we might be able to replicate the recipe for these releases, the distinctive nature of every ingredient and the barrel they’re married in makes each bottling singularly particular. Every launch of our Personal Launch Whiskey is a novel mix of whiskeys. As soon as created, these blends are married in single casks, lots of which had been beforehand used for different spirits and/or wines. Every Personal Launch Whiskey sequence has barely totally different base whiskey and is entered right into a ending cask at a special time.

We acquired samples of three very totally different Personal Launch choices. Ideas observe.

Barrell Personal Launch Bourbon GXA1 – This one is basically a customized Barrell batch with bourbons sourced from Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee and comprising a large age vary of 5-14 years (75% being 5-year-old inventory, solely 5% being 14-year-old). The nostril is likely one of the drier I’ve encountered from Barrell. Comfortable, chalky chocolate notes dominate, transitioning from cocoa powder to gentle chocolate mousse with time within the glass. The palate is lush, way more so than the aroma suggests, and showcases a traditional bourbon profile with notes of chewy caramel, toffee, creamed corn, and orange candies. The sweetness builds into the end, together with a beneficiant, hugging heat. The conclusion, though a bit skinny, lingers with sweet apple and cherry cordial. That prime dressing of older shares has added fairly a bit to this predominantly youthful bourbon. 119.94 proof. B+ / $110

Barrell Personal Launch Whiskey DJA2 – A mix of whiskey sourced from Indiana and Kentucky and completed in a St. Agrestis amaro cask from the Brooklyn-based spirits producer. The amaro has actually influenced the aroma with an preliminary wave of natural, minty excessive tones that basically stand other than the softer baking spice and butterscotch of the bourbon. With time within the glass, these disparate aromas discover considerably higher concord with the addition of dried orange peel, pink licorice, and caramel. The palate is, I suppose unsurprisingly, one thing of a cocktail unto itself. Daring, peppery notes of clove, ginger, and allspice are layered atop oily citrus peel and sandalwood. The bourbon base is overpowered by the ending, managing to eke out a vanilla and oak basis however not a lot else. The end is a bit sizzling with lingering, barely bitter spearmint and licorice. All of the makings of an overpowered Boulevardier in a bottle. 123.22 proof. B+ / $110

Barrell Personal Launch Whiskey DJX2 – A mix of whiskey sourced from Indiana and Kentucky and completed in a Ruby Port barrel. Surprisingly tender on the nostril at this proof with a well-balanced mix of darkish raisin, chocolate frosting, and delicate clove chewing gum. It’s gentle however nonetheless manages to showcase a formidable depth.  On the palate, issues are a bit extra dynamic with preliminary spicy, candy notes of caramel corn and cherry cordial. A flash of heat on the outset ranges off however lingers throughout the sip, propelling wealthy notes of butterscotch, torched sugar, and strawberry candies right into a lingering, warming end of chocolate-covered cherry, candied orange peel, and mint syrup. Balanced and full-flavored and downright scrumptious. 123.9 proof. A / $110

Barrell Personal Launch Whiskey DJX2


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