Batch 31 is a perfect fireside companion with its notes of shortbread, pumpkin pie and pine needles. If it manages to outlast this season, it’ll keep you warm all year round. The oak, so noticeable on the nose, gives way to strawberry rhubarb pie and ginger beer on the palate, with spice notes that whisper “stir up a Manhattan, would you?” A splash of spring water cools the cask strength heat, pushes aside the oak, and lets tropical fruit take the stage with grilled peach and a finish of fresh ginger.
We have been really impressed with everything that Joe Beatrice and his team at Barrell Craft Spirits have released. And it’s clear that a panel of highly regarded judges felt the same. To be crowned the “Best Bourbon” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is a monumental feat for this rapidly growing, small batch whiskey company. When it is time for a new batch, the team sorts through casks through rigorous tasting to pick the collection of whiskeys that are showing best at that moment, regardless of age, and bottle them at cask strength. The result are completely unique batches of bourbon. We can attest that these one-of-a-kind batches are stunningly delicious. We think you’ll agree.