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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Barrell Bourbon Batch #5

Some awesome stuff comes from the State of Tennessee!  

The Nashville music scene, Mountain Dew, Jay Cutler (Just kidding, he’s horrible, but he did play at Vanderbilt), and Barrel Bourbon Batch 5!
Often Appears Miserable

We here at WhiskyJoe have been lucky to review a few of the sweet nectars that Barrel Bourbon has produced over the past few years, and this batch is no different in it’s excellence.

In fact, this one may be the spiciest version yet, here is the tale of the tape:

  • Mash bill: 70% corn, 26% rye, 4% malted barley
  • Distilled in Tennessee
  • Bottled at 124.7 proof
  • Aged for 8 years, 3 months in charred white oak barrels

On with the review!


Color – Golden Amber


Taste neat


-          Big vanilla bean ice cream, think Breyer’s, in a bowl with big brown sugar covered cookies!  Soft and gentle, with a warming rye finish. 

-          Hints of charcoal, oak and leather and a buttery soft feel

-          Big huge legs that cover the glass


With a few drops of water

-          Brown Sugar and Butter Toffee come out with the same notes of vibrant vanilla

-          The rye becomes more prominent, the finish warmer and spicier.

-          Small notes of cherry appeared as well


So overall We’re looking at a solid A, equally on par with the legendary Batch #1. 


Thanks again!!!



Wednesday, April 1, 2015


A few years back, my wife and I did three days of our honeymoon in Paris.  Till this day, I have mixed emotions about that, mostly because many Parisians were pretty rude to us, but I was told not to judge the French by the Parisians.  

That being said, Paris and what we saw of the French country side, coming in from Belgium, is beautiful.  The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the artwork, the architecture, the gardens, the food and the crepes!!!  (I left out Les Miserables, even though Whisky Joe loves that damn play).  

When thinking about the most popular drink in France, 99.9% of people will say wine, champagne, maybe cognac...but when looked at per capita, France consumes a ton of Single Malt Scotch.   They are one of the top consuming Scotch whisky countries in the world.   

It is only fitting that a country that enjoys Single Malts so much, would lead to its residents to dabble in distilling it.  Which brings us to the latest from the sample vault, Brenne, a French Single Malt Whisky.

Brenne has a cool backstory, plus, I've heard Whisky Joe sing the praises of founder Allison Patel for quite some time now.
Sunset Through Brenne

I had tasted Brenne before, but it has been a while.  Joe scored a bottle a couple years ago, late 2012 I think, and shared it with us New Jersey Whiskey Society folks.  But, I didn't jot down any notes, and it pays to revisit things now and again.

A Single Malt from the Cognac region of France, finished in Cognac barrels. Cool.

So on with the review!

Color: Golden, very much like a Lager

Nose:  Raw brown sugar, sarsaparilla or candy root beer barrels notes,
fruity, sweet

Palate: Juicy fruit gum, that's it!  Plus heaps of creme brulee

Overall Grade:  Solid B.  At the end of the day, this taste is unlike any Single Malt you've had, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.  In fact, it may become a post-dinner go-to.

This is quite unlike any other Single Malt I have had before.  In fact, I think the only other Cognac finished whisky I have had was Crown Royal XO.  

But this is a different animal. 

Super light and sweet, but just enough spice to cut through it.  It is very unique.

Makes me excited to think about what further cask maturation would yield...rumor has it there may be an older version released soon...I hope to get my hands on the Brenne Ten when it comes out!
Our next review will be something I picked up on a work trip...a Bourbon local to Savannah Georgia!

Talk soon,

Tuesday, March 17, 2015





Our good friends & fellow whisky bloggers Coopered Tot & Smoky Beast are hosting a tasting!

I highly encourage anyone and everyone that has an interest or passion for whisky to attend.  This one in particular will give you a Past vs. Present style with some fantastic Bourbons.

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