The bourbon sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost, courtesy of the respective company.
This is my first experience with a bourbon finished in three different casks. Mizunara (A Japanese wood known for retaining moisture). French and toasted American. Each has a distinct flavor profile, so I was excited to taste this expression.
It is also a blend from three states, TN, IN, and KY, but finished in Louisville.
At 114.44 proof, It should be a good ride.
My first impression was how deep the caramel color transferred from the bottle to the tasting glass. Many times this does not happen, especially in blends.
After letting the glass rest for a couple of minutes, my nose was filled with brown sugar and clove with hints of cinnamon. After a long pull, I immediately felt the heat from the spirit, which dissipated after a few seconds. Then the true magic happened. Toasted coconut, vanilla, and caramel filled my mouth, and by the time it was over, the cinnamon returned to say, “Hi.”
Where most blends fail is they try to get too fancy. Not here, Barrell Craft Spirits relies on a taste profile that would satisfy even the biggest bourbon snobs. They know precisely what they have and are not afraid to show it off.