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Barrell Whiskey: Infinite Barrel

Barrell Bourbon with glencairn glass

While I’ve never seen this bottle on a shelf before I have heard good things. Today was my lucky day and I’m eager to try it out. According to Barrell this expression has added a mix of Tennessee whiskey, 100% Polish malted rye, Tennessee rye, Indiana whiskey, and Irish whiskey since the March 15 bottle. Color me intrigued.

Bourbon: Barrell Whiskey: Infinite Bottle Project Cask Strength
April 19, 2018; Bottle #657; 58.75

Color: Yellow-orange close to honey.
Nose: Plums, cloves, herbs, and corn starch.
Taste: Oak, smoke, char, leather with hints of vanilla and citrus at the beginning.

Verdict: Initially there’s seemingly not a whole lot going on with this whiskey. It almost feels so balanced that it’s muddled with no really flavor. However, after a few seconds it kicks in and that is where this whiskey really shines. There’s a nice strong oak followed with a smoky char and a hint of leather with a medium burn on the front half of the tongue that feels just right. Even though it seems kind of plain I really enjoyed this one and at the price point it’s really worth it.


Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye

Knob Creek Cask Strength

The newest expression from Knob Creek is a cask strength rye whiskey. I initially assumed it would be hard to find but maybe it was my lucky day since I found it at the first store I went to. Aged 9 years and uncut and unfiltered I am hoping this is similar to the Booker’s Rye.

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Barrell Bourbon – New Year 2018

Barrell Bourbon bottle with glencainrn glass

Time to ring in the New Year with a Barrell Bourbon limited edition. Before I moved to Maryland it was impossible for me to find Barrell Bourbon. Now, however, I can walk into the local and usually find a few different bottles on the shelf. So I wasn’t shocked when I found a bottle of the New Year blend awaiting me on New Years Eve.

What is the New Year blend? On their website they explain it thusly:

A selection of 2.5, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 14 year old Straight Bourbon Whiskey barrels

​Distilled in Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee and Texas

​Aged in Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee and Texas

Crafted and bottled in Kentucky​

111.2 proof cask strength bottling​

Aged in American white oak barrels

So basically it’s a bunch of different bourbons blended together. It’s an exercise in creating something fun and new. As always I am ready to try something fun and new.

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Catoctin Creek Rye – Cask Strength

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye

Last weekend I took a trip out to Purcellville, Virginia to visit the Catoctin Creek distillery with some friends. The tasting room was all kinds of fun, and one of the great things about it was that they distill more than just rye. They also have brandy, gin, moonshine, and limited release expressions of each. So when you go to the tasting room you can try a bunch of different flight variations including cocktails and a pairing with truffles. There is literally something there for everyone.

While there I tried all their ryes–I enjoyed both of them, but I preferred the 92 proof expression–except the limited release cask proof, which has been finished in maple syrup barrels. So what’s one to do but buy one of the few remaining bottles to try out. It’s been a long week but I waited diligently and now it’s time to crack the bottle open.

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