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Barrell Craft Spirits Bourbon 15 Year Review

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This complex 15-year-old bourbon was blended and bottled at peak maturity so you can experience its true flavor. It is a perfect union of grain and barrel, with an old, oaky nose and a deep, honey- maple palate that reveals the lushness of the grain.

– Barrell Craft Spirits
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Barrell Craft Spirits Bourbon 15 Year

  • DISTILLER: Produced by Barrell Craft Spirits
  • MASH BILL: A blend of straight bourbon whiskeys from Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee
  • AGE: 15 Years
  • YEAR: 2018
  • PROOF: 105.1 (52.55% ABV)
  • MSRP: $220

NOSEVery Complex | Red Berries | Orange | Cookie Dough | Tobacco | Mint | Black Pepper |Minerals

TASTE: Thick body | Strawberry Jelly | Minerals (Think Flintstone Vitamins)

FINISH: Long | Apricot | Black Pepper | Black Tea | (I didn’t pick out the strawberry taffy on my own, but after reading Barrell’s notes, it keeps leaping out at me.)

SHARE WITH: People you know will appreciate great bourbon. 

WORTH THE PRICEThis bourbon checks all the boxes for me.  Are there cheaper, better bottles out there at retail? Maybe, but they’d be tough to find and would fetch more than this one on a secondary market.  If I find another bottle of this at retail, I will grab it without hesitating. 

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Some people are very turned off by the earth/mineral/Flintstone Vitamin note that is the calling card of Dickel distillate, and that note is very present in this bourbon.  For this reason, I’d recommend most people try it at a bar first.  $220+ can be a lot to drop on a bottle you might despise.  However, if you already know it doesn’t bother you, then dive in head first and grab up some bottles of this.  I personally love that note, and there are a lot of other nice things going on to enjoy, as well.

OVERALL: When I saw that Fred Minnick rated this Best American Whiskey of 2018, I knew I’d have to check it out.  Either I’d be the cool kid who got to say he was terribly wrong, or I’d be the cool kid who snagged a bottle just in time.  So I got a bottle and couldn’t wait to open it with some friends.  The first thing I noticed was all the fruit on the nose and the prominent Dickel presence.  Then the creamy, full mouthfeel.  It coated the mouth so nicely.  The finish was long and balanced with sweet, spicy, and bitter.  I was hooked.  Every time I go back to it, I find other flavors.  After I read Barrell’s notes, I found more of the flavors they had listed. 

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Shawn Jackson

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Shawn was born and raised in Houston but followed his wife to Nashville where they spent a wonderful and exciting decade. It was there that Shawn established his photography company, Sundel Perry, which was focused primarily on serving the music business. While living in Nashville, he fell in love with bourbon and co-founded a club in 2010 called The Bourbon Trust with some of his neighbors and friends. He orchestrated several barrel picks for the group from different distilleries before returning to Houston in 2015 and has been there since. In addition to drinking, talking about, and writing about bourbon, he loves capturing the visual beauty of bourbon in photos. His wife and his two young daughters are all very supportive of his bourbon obsession. For now.