Barrell Whiskey Batch 003

Whiskey 003

Price: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Barrell

Region: Tennessee

52.65% ABV

Mashbill: Undisclosed, uses corn, rye, and malted barley

Aged For: 5 years

Cask Type: 5 years in American white oak barrels, finished in 20% sherry butts and 80% port pipes

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Port wine with corn mash, citrus, oak, vanilla, honey, and green pepper

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Fruity, then a more traditional bourbon palate takes over. Leather, pepper, latte, mocha, butter, cherry

Finish: Warm and medium length, butter, cream, tea, sherry, oak, and pie crust

Thoughts: I liked the alternating plate from fruity to a more traditional whisky flavor. I think that being older would have really made it amazing, but it is still good as is.

Score: 82 out of 100

Barrell Whiskey Batch 004


Paid: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Barrell

Region: Indiana & Tennessee

60.3% ABV

Mashbill: Undisclosed, uses corn, rye, and malted barley

Aged For: 11 years

Cask Type: New charred oak, ex-bourbon casks, finished in ex-Barrell Rum batch 001 casks, and rye casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Sweet sugars, buttered popcorn, vanilla, toasted oak, spices, dried grass

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Coconut, hay, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, cloves, and butterscotch

Finish: Warm and lasting, dry with rye spices, oak, herbs, molasses, and pepper

Thoughts: It’s an enjoyable whiskey, with the rum or rye casks never dominating in finish, but adding just a small layer to the base whiskey.

Score: 82 out of 100

Barrell Whiskey Batch 005

Barrell Whiskey Batch 005

Paid: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Barrell

Region: Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky

59.2% ABV

Bottle #: 7723

Aged For: 9 Years

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Cask Type: American white oak, ex-bourbon, American Brandy barrels, Amaro barrels, and Cognac Casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No



Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cocktail bitters, dry red wine, maraschino cherries, honey, corn mash

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Oak, barrel char, young brandy, coffee, bitter vanilla, licorice

Finish: Warm, medium length, bitters, brandy, baking spices

Thoughts: I was hoping this would have more Cognac and brandy influence and less of the Amaro, but I don’t care for the flavors imparted by the Amaro. If you’re a fan of whiskey cocktails you’d likely enjoy this quiet a bit, but that’s not my cup of tea.

Score: 73 out of 100

Barrell Whiskey Batch 002

Barrell Whiskey 002

Price: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Undisclosed (Likely MGP) / Barrell

Region: America

61.9% ABV

Mashbill: Unknown, uses corn, rye, and malted barley

Aged For: 9 years, 6 months

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon barrels, finished in sherry casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No



Color: Dark gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Rich fruit, vanilla, cake batter, brown sugar, and raisins

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, oak, pepper, leather, sherry, dried fruits

Finish: Long and warm, vanilla and fruit with a bit of leather and tobacco

Thoughts: I actually really am enjoying the Barrell whiskey releases, they all do something interesting and taste good. This is one of the few American whiskies I have tasted that actually use a wine cask to good effect.

Score: 85 out of 100


Balcones True Blue

Balcones True Blue

Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Balcones

Region: Texas

50% ABV

Mashbill: 100% blue corn

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Used casks

Chill Filtered: No



Color: Chestnut brown

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Strong vanilla, caramel, oak, sweet brown sugar, and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Oak, pepper, cinnamon, caramel, burnt wood, and sharp corn

Finish: Medium length and long lasting, oak, vanilla, cherries, and brown sugar, again young sour corn appears.

Thoughts: The nose is absolutely lovely, big rich flavors, and then it’s downhill from there. I like most of the palate and finish, but they are ruined by the sharp and sour notes.

Score: 75 out of 100



Little Book

Little Book

Price: $80 for 750ml]

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky

64.1% ABV

Mashbill: Blend of 4 year old bourbon, 13 year corn whisky, 6 year 100% malt whisky, and 6 year old high rye whisky

Aged For: Minimum 4 years

Cask Type: New charred American oak, and I assume ex-bourbon barrels

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No



Color: Reddish copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Corn, cinnamon, oak, vanilla, spices, young sharpness, caramel, and brown sugar sweetness

Mouthfeel: Thin and dry

Palate/Taste: Wood varnish, young mash, vanilla, oak, tobacco, and spices

Finish: Shorter, little warmth, vanilla, peanuts, and brown sugar

Thoughts: It’s a bit of a mess and all over the place, but it doesn’t taste bad. If you like strong American whisky, it’s likely you could enjoy this, but you’d be more apt to enjoy a Knob Creek Single Barrel pick if you are still a Beam fan.

Score: 80 out of 100


Bernheim Wheat Whiskey


Price: $25 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill

Region: Kentucky

45% ABV

Mashbill: 51% Wheat, 37% Corn, 12% malted barley

Aged For: 7 Years

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #3

Chill Filtered: Yes



Color: Golden hay

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Lots of vanilla, butter, and honey with bits of sugar and yeast.

Mouthfeel: More than light bodied, but less than medium

Palate/Taste: Wheat cereal, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, and oak.

Finish: Short and slightly bitter, with a faint warmth. Bits of oak, apple, and wafers.

Thoughts: If the point was to be a gentle sipper, the finish sort of ruins the experience.

Score: 74 out of 00