Barrel Seagrass

Distiller: Multiple Sources

Release: 2021

Whiskey: Barrell Seagrass

Region: Bottled in Louisville, Ky

Price: $75.00

Proof: 119.84

Age:  4 + years

The Barrel Cellar Score:  91 Points

Review Date: 01/11/2023

About the Bourbon:  Barrell Craft Spirits is known for their business model of sourcing quality whiskies and blending them.  Seagrass is a blend of American (Indiana and Tennessee) and Canadian Rye whiskies.  The whiskey is finished in Martinique rum, Madeira, and Apricot brandy barrels.  Seagrass received quite a bit of attention in 2021; It won double gold at the American Spirits competition and was given the #2 Whiskey of the year by respected whiskey reviewer Fred Minnick.  

Color: Honey

Nose:  Powdered sugar donut, candied green apple, eucalyptus, and cherry pie filling.  

Palate: Rye spice, fresh croissant, dried apricot, and a tough to pinpoint (but fantastic) earthy funkiness.  Drop an ice cube in and notes of cloves, cinnamon, and stewed apples emerge.

Finish:  Cinnamon and wintergreen

Assessment:   The proof in this whiskey is quite evident on the nose; there is a strong initial ethanol sting.  After settling a bit however, the nose offers some nice bakery scents. Contrary to the nose, this finished rye drinks way under its’ proof.  It’s light bodied, dainty and delicate.  Oak notes take a back seat to rye and fruit notes which is no small feat considering this is a heavily finished whiskey.  I love how the rye spice and fruit notes intertwine to make a cocktail of flavor that will be the perfect complement to any meal or as an evening dram. 

Was this the second-best whiskey of 2021?  I think that is a stretch, but it is a great and unique whiskey deserving of a spot on your shelf.  The Barrel Cellar gives Barrel’s Seagrass 91 points.

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