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Every Barrell Craft Spirits 15 Year Old Bourbon Reviewed [2021]

Oct 5, 2019

Glencairn Whiskey Glass

Barrell Craft Spirits 15 Year Old Bourbon is a craft bourbon blended by the team at Barrell Craft Spirits (owned by Joe Beatrice). Each blend is one-off, always barrel strength, and without chill-filtration (see an interview about blending with Joe and Bourbon Pursuit duo below).

They are also transparent with where they source their spirits from which I appreciate as a consumer. There’s no granpappy’s recipe discovered yarn being spun with Barrell Craft Spirits 15 Year Old Bourbon.

This bourbon whiskey is the first Barrell Craft release from 2018, was aged for 15 years, and blended from bourbon whiskey distilled in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee but bottled in KY. The bourbon whiskey being age stated means the youngest whiskey in the blend is 15 years.

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Barrell Craft Spirits 15 Year Old Bourbon (2020) Review

Barrell Craft Spirits 15 Year Old Bourbon

According to Barrel Spirits:

  • Matured for 15 years
  • Distilled and aged in IN, KY and TN
  • Crafted and bottled in Kentucky
  • 104.9 proof cask strength bottling

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Barrell Craft Spirits 15 Year Old Bourbon (2019) Review

According to Barrel Spirits:

  • 15-year-old bourbon whiskey
  • Distilled and aged in TN, KY and IN
  • Crafted and bottled in Kentucky
  • 106.52 proof cask strength bottling
  • Mash bill: corn, rye and malted barley

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Barrell Craft Spirits 15 Year Old Bourbon (2018) Review

Barrell Craft Spirits 15 Year Old Bourbon (2018) Review

#barrellcraftDetails
Proof105.1°
ABV52.55%
Age15 Years
Suggested MSRP$220
DistilleryBarrell Spirits
BrandBarrell Craft Spirits
DistilledDistilled and aged in TN, KY and IN
BottledCrafted and bottled in Kentucky
ProsComplex and Delicious
ConsNo Glaring Downsides
Rating95
InventoryBuy on Sight

“This complex 15-year-old bourbon was blended and bottled at peak maturity so you can experience its true flavor. It is a perfect union of grain and barrel, with an old, oaky nose and a deep, honey- maple palate that reveals the lushness of the grain.” (Barrell Spirits).

I didn’t try this with any water but Barrell Craft Spirits provides this note with a splash of water:

Those nose grows beguilingly perfumed, notes of apple blossom, hyacinth, applewood smoke and mulled cider released from the overbearing fruitiness, which has developed a more tropical character in the form of pineapple, mango and papaya. The palate becomes fuller and brighter, notes of mango and peach nectar overlay fresh ginger. Almond milk and white chocolate on the finish are given lift by spearmint.

BCS 15 Year bourbon is rust. Twirling the bourbon in my Glencairn produced ribbons of bourbon around the fat bottom of the glass.

Nose – 95 out of 100 Points

Movie theater popcorn, uncooked sourdough bread, light caramel, dried fruit, and roasted macadamia nuts

Taste – 95 out of 100 Points

Creamy roasted macadamia nuts on the front palate, subtle rock fruit, then building baking spice and oak open mid-palate through the back. Creamy AF.

Finish – 95 out of 100 Points

It’s a perfectly balanced finish that lasts but doesn’t overwhelm. Hints of the creaminess but the savory notes get their guitar solo.

Verdict – Gold 95 out of 100 Points

The Bourbon Bard Gold Medal

Barrell Craft Spirits 15-Year-Old Bourbon is astounding. It’s complex and delicious. If I had to nitpick just a bit — this is more like a backyard fireworks display instead of the Disney World firework display.

Of course, I gave it a 95 so Barrell Craft Spirits 15-Year-Old Bourbon is a must-buy if you can find it at retail or find a reasonable trade. I’ll be interested in this year’s release.

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About Matty Sims

Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, Thrive Global and Inside Hook, partnered with dozens of distilleries, and reviewed hundreds of whiskeys. He has also created single barrel stickers for Bourbon Pursuit and Total Wine.
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