Brand
Barrell
Expression
2018 New Year
Whisky type
Bourbon
Origin
United States
Year launched/bottled
2018
Limited edition
2,790 bottles
ABV.
55.60%
In collection
A

Review by Barrell

Colour

Dark honey with ginger highlights.

Nose

Rich, deeply fruited and subtly spiced with slivered almonds, prunes, and black currents. Coffee notes are followed by soft oak, licorice, and vanilla flecked whipped cream atop hot cocoa, reminiscent of a finely aged Armagnac.

Palate

Like your first bite of a cheerily iced gingerbread man and rounded out by Twix candy bar, hazelnut cappuccino, and fig jam. The mouthfeel grows syrupy as it sits on the palate.

Finish

Creme de menthe melting into cocoa with a dash of steaming black coffee.

Conclusion

Christmas cake explodes from the glass, studded with slivered almonds, prunes, and black currents. The lightly roasted coffee note drifting up is reminiscent of the New Orleans classic, Café Brulôt, where clove studded oranges are floated in brandy, set aflame, then slowly extinguished with black coffee.

Note

A selection of 5, 7, 9, 10 and 14 year old Straight Bourbon Whiskey barrels

Distilled in Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee and Texas

Aged in Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee and Texas

Crafted and bottled in Kentucky

111.2 proof cask strength bottling

Aged in American white oak barrels