Barrell Bourbon New Year 2022
Bourbon — USA
Reviewed June 27, 2022 (edited December 8, 2022)
Nose: Incredibly soft nose for 115 proof. No ethanol burn whatsoever. Sweet red fruit (maybe dried plums), vanilla birthday cake, raisin biscuits. Some very tangy citrus notes later in the glass; like a glazed lemon bundt cake that eventually turns into a strong lemon zest. Very complex nose as it opens up. Palate: Sweet oak notes to start, followed by strong cola notes. Gets even better later in the glass: sweet citrus and vanilla bean coming through. More oak and tangy cola along with lemon meringue. It’s crazy and all over the place, but the further in you get, the better it is. Finish: The flavors linger on the palate, and the tanginess really sticks with you because of just how out of the blue it is. It’s still sweet, like a bread pudding woth lemon zest on it. Like a lemon pie with vanilla ice cream. It’s still in my mouth and mind as I type this description and I haven’t had a sip for a full minute at least. Overall: This is a great, unique, crazy complex bourbon. For the price, it ought to be. But this is something I’ll be reaching for (and salivating while I think of it) on very special occasions. Man… I’ll be looking forward to the 2023 edition of this. May be a new annual tradition I have to look forward to.