PBMichiganWolverine

Barrell Rum Private Release Blend J553

Aged Rum — Multiple Countries

Tasted
4.0
4.0 out of 5 stars
I think I’ve had maybe 4-5 rums ever—-none of which I liked except for a Caroni. I found them overly sweet, an almost artificial sweetener taste. The Caroni, on the other hand, I absolutely loved. It was viscous, oily, and whisky-like complex. This comes in second. It’s very “unlike rum”...not sweet at all. Herbal , engine oil nose, followed by walnut skins, cocoa, and a bit of a spicy cinnamon after taste. Really well made...it’s not a Caroni level, but damn close (and much more affordable). Thanks to @jonwilkinson7309 for the sample!
  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @Soba45 next international aromatherapy will include a Barrell ☺️

  • Soba45

    @PBMichiganWolverine No sadly I've seen reviews such as yours pop up and i'm like gotta try that but no luck here and also I don't think I could even get an MoM sample

  • jonwilkinson7309

    @PBMichiganWolverine It's definitely not targeted towards aficionados of mainstream rums. I saw an interview with Joe Beatrice where he said that their rums are directed towards whiskey lovers looking for something a bit different.

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @Soba45 you get Barrell products there in NZ?

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @jonwilkinson7309 this was type of rum I’d like to have on my regular shelf—-I naturally can’t keep a Caroni as a regular. I got the feeling this was aimed directly at people that don’t like rum

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @bigwhitemike yeah, Barrell is pricey, but they’re quality is consistent. For about $100, I know I’m getting a good quality rye or bourbon. I was skeptical of this rum initially, just prejudiced because I don’t like rum...but they’ve come through.

  • Soba45

    Interesting...straight in the deep end with single cask rum. I drank a hell of a lot a long time ago but never came across one of these. I wonder if it's going to be a large part of Rums future and you see distillery single cask releases regularly like say Benriach, Glendronach..(maybe this is already a thing as I haven't googled it)

  • jonwilkinson7309

    This was my first barrel rum, and I was impressed too. @bigwhitemike - I agree with you - Foursquare is a great recommendation for rums that are not highly sweet but bold and complex.

  • bigwhitemike

    Good review. I’ve heard good to great things about Barrell but am always put off by the high cost of entry no matter which product. I suppose they’re all cask strength and high quality hand selected sourced products, so probably justified. I can’t help but feel you’re offering a slight challenge to the Distiller community to impress you with quality (whiskey-like) rum. I’ll have to go dig into my Foursquare Exceptional Cask inventory for inspiration, I feel like those would be up your alley (2004, 2005, 2007, Criterion, Empyry, etc).