Country: USA
Region: Tennessee
Type: Bourbon
Bottler: Barrell Craft Spirits LLC
ABV: 60.8%
Score: 84 points

Barrell Bourbon. Photo © 2014 by Mark Gillespie. This barrel-strength Bourbon comes from an undisclosed Tennessee distillery, and these notes are for Batch #1 released in 2014. The nose is spicy and intense with allspice, clove, caramel candy, vanilla, and pipe tobacco notes. The taste is spicy from the first sip with an explosion of cinnamon and black pepper that dominate the palate and hints of vanilla and honey underneath. The finish is very dry with lingering cinnamon and black pepper notes. Overall impression is that this is very one-dimensional on the spicy front, but adding water will tame that and rye fans will love it. (July, 2014)