Tonight’s bourbon is Barrell Bourbon Single Barrel Oak Liquor Cabinet Select. I don’t know much about the brand but I’m a sucker for single barrels and store selects and I was curious about the 14 year age statement. I couldn’t find much about them online either.
Abv: 115.4 proof (57.7% ABV)
Age: 14 years (thanks u/bvndwidth)
Price: ~$80 USD for a 750ml bottle
Color: A golden amber, very bourbony
Nose: Sweet, toasted marshmellow with a hint of something floral
Taste: More toastd marshmellow but surprisingly short and simple for something aged 14 years with just a touch of heat
Finish: Again sweet and disappointly short.
Nose: Opens up with floral honey notes, this was the best part
Taste: Honey and toasted marshmellow. A slight improvement over neat.
Finish: Not much of one. Maybe a touch of sweetness?
This was perfectly good bourbon but nothing special at all. I was a bit hyped up on this so that probably contributed to my disappointment. I’d always sort of wondered why bourbon generally isn’t aged as long as scotch usually is but this bottle suggests that the shorter aging is the way to go. With how medicocre this was, especially given that this is a store select, single barrel and sort of pricy, I don’t think I’ll be following up on more of their catalog.
7 - a great whiskey I’d order at a bar