Barrell Craft Spirits launches the new Barrell Bourbon Cask Finish Series. Two bespoke blends will be introduced each year, beginning with the launch of Amburana and A Tale of Two Islands this fall.
Amburana is a blend of 5, 6, 7 and 10 year Indiana and 5 year Kentucky bourbon whiskeys which were further matured in Amburana casks. Amburana casks are challenging to work with as they impart strong cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and vanilla spice notes. The derived mash bill of corn (75%), rye (21%) and malted barley (4%) was bottled at cask strength, 116.42 proof.
The second blend in the Cask Finish Series builds upon the legendary BCS 2018 Tale of Two Islands Rum: a Jamaican Rum matured in peated Islay single malt casks. For the 2023 Tale of Two Islands offering, BCSchose to feature a blend of straight bourbons from Indiana (5, 6, & 9-year) and Maryland (5 & 6-year).The team then used the empty casks from the 2018 offering to finish the blend of straight bourbons. The sweetness of the rum and the smokiness of the Islay casks mingle together with the underlying bourbon for a classic bourbon with notes of old-fashioned donut and coconut macaron. With a derived mash bill of corn (73%), rye (23%),and malted barley (4%), the blend was bottled at cask strength (118.22proof).
Both expressions are available at the BCS website and in select retailers later this month for the suggested retail price of $89.99 per 750ml bottle.