Sure, bourbon folks, it’s time for yet one more Barrell Bourbon batch launch. You knew it was coming, and right here it’s, Batch 29. Did you assume I might say Batch 30? As a result of that one already hit cabinets, too. Generally, it’s arduous to maintain up, however we’ll attempt more durable. I promise. Like Batch 27 final yr, this mix is the product of a reasonably various age lineup, from six years to a really wholesome 16. Consistent with most different batches in current reminiscence, the part bourbons had been distilled in Indiana, Tennessee, and, you guessed it, Kentucky. Let’s pop the highest on this one and see the way it acquits itself.
The aroma doesn’t fairly soar out of the glass like so many previous releases. A gentle, caramel and cereal-filled bouquet appears to inch to the floor sparingly bringing with it sparkles of chocolate wafers, baked apple, and peanut brittle. Surprisingly delicate however nonetheless participating. On the palate, a beneficiant burst of warmth acknowledges that these batches are, in any case, cask power. Issues cool into brilliant, pulpy citrus and toasted oak earlier than turning to fudgy brownies with walnuts, maple frosting, and a little bit of pie spice that lingers on the smoldering end. Maybe a contact too heat at this proof, and whereas it packs loads of taste, there’s rather less complexity than I’ve come to count on from these releases.
B+ / $89 / barrellbourbon.com