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Barrell Craft Spirits 20 Year Gold Label Seagrass Review

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Distillery Tasting Notes

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Nose: Classic Canadian rye notes of white flower, toasted grains, and bright honey. As it sits in the glass, toasty tropical notes of apricot and roasted pineapple present themselves. Nutty, raisin-like Madeira shows here too, as does a subtle wild-grassy freshness. After a minute, toasted hazelnut and orange blossoms drift into focus. Palate: Ripe Meyer lemon and clover honey show first, with fresh basil and perfectly ripe pineapple taking over in the mid-palate. There are glimmers of deeply aged rye, as this layered whiskey evolves sip to sip. Moments of heat are balanced with a viscous sweetness, brightened by the natural acidity of the Malmsey Madeira finish. Black pepper is present too, as this is a cask strength rye, but the tropical notes win out in out until the finish. Finish: A touch of classic rye spice presents itself on the finish, with exotic pink peppercorn and Mediterranean herbs including fresh oregano and sun-dried rosemary. The spice is tempered by a sweet, apricot-dominated viscosity drawing out the finish. Finally, tropical sweetness subsides into more classic mature whiskey notes like leather and nutmeg, leaving your palate with lemon, honey, and cracked black pepper.

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Additional Notes

Rye whiskey finished in Martinique Rhum, Madeira, and apricot brandy casks. Distilled in Canada​. Crafted and bottled in Kentucky​.

Details

Proof: 128.12
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 64.06%
Aged: 20 years
Mash Bill: Various
Retail (MSRP): $499.99

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Ratings Key

Ratings breakdown based on a 100 point scale.

  • 90-100 Exceptional
  • 80-89 Very Good
  • 70-79 Average
  • 60-69 Below Average
  • 50-60 Drain Pour
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