Barrell Gold Label 16 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey 113.54 Proof (750 ml) [WA 92]

Barrell Gold Label 16 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey 113.54 Proof
(750 ml) [WA 92]

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About the Whiskey

Barrell Craft Spirits Gold Label Bourbon is a blend of 16- and 17-year-old straight bourbons. Barrels for this release were selected from four different collections: cherry bomb barrels with a rich mouthfeel, nutty oak-forward barrels, high proof and high complexity barrels, and barrels with pronounced milk chocolate notes. The last group underwent a secondary maturation in toasted virgin American oak casks before being added to this intricate and seductive blend.

Aged for 16 years

Distilled in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee

​Crafted and bottled in Kentucky

 113.54 proof cask strength bottling

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Burnt marmalade.

Nose: The fresh and gentle notes from toasted oak are most obvious, as they add an unexpected dimension with vivid sugar cane, pipe tobacco, and toasted cinnamon. This freshness is contrasted by the earthiness of slate, tar, and cedar smoke. Fruits soon emerge, presenting rhubarb, Rainier cherry and tamarind, before shifting to dried apricot and papaya.

Palate: Candied ginger, marmalade, and northwestern hoppy beer notes speak to a foundational bittersweet profile. These are tempered by an unctuous creaminess, incorporating pina colada, key lime pie, and banana custard. Peach nectar, and cherry jam all contribute to a juicy quality whiskey at its best.

Finish: A bright pop of hibiscus and za’atar quickly yields to the cavalcade of dried and stewed fruits. As that fades some oak spices appear - sassafras, cocoa powder, smoked cinnamon, and incense.

With a splash of spring water: A bouquet of floral notes erupts from the glass: meadowsweet, elderflower and chamomile in the lead. The palate, on the other hand, develops instead along toasted coconut and curry.


92 Points - Whisky Advocate

"Black cherry tartness, new leather, and clove-studded orange, along with bubble gum, cream soda, and chocolate layer cake sprinkled with cocoa powder. Flavorful and spicy on the palate, showing strawberry, baking spice, and cinnamon bun, with the flavors holding together superbly. Definitely needs water. A long, balanced finish offers generous helpings of cinnamon and more chocolate. Very high proof, but does not hide behind it—a well-built whiskey."

Barrell Craft Spirits has created one of the most pleasant, crowd-pleasing bourbons ever in their short 8 years in business. I can tell that this is their “piece de resistance” just by the taste. It combines all the best attributes of what a bourbon lover desires”

The Bourbon Culture - Dec 2021

“Frankly, it’s one of the most purely delicious bourbons I’ve tasted in 2021, which I think means I’ll have to go and add this after the fact to my already published list of the best whiskeys of 2021. 

- Paste