Kentucky’s Barrell Bourbon Releases Limited Edition New Year 2021 Blend

Fresh on the heels of their final bottling of 2020, Kentucky’s Barrell Craft Spirits, best known for its Barrell Bourbon releases, has also been looking ahead with the release of their New Year 2021 Bourbon.

These New Year whiskeys have become one of their most anticipated releases from Barrell, with the distillers beginning the process in autumn to have a special batch made, according to the official release statement, “as a celebration of success and to use as a toast to the year to come.”

Barrell Bourbon New Year 2021
Barrell Bourbon New Year 2021 (image via Barrell Craft Spirits)

For their 2021 limited edition release, Barrell has blended a selection of five, nine, 10, and 11-year-old straight bourbon whiskeys distilled in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, New York, Texas, Wyoming, and Colorado, aged in American white oak barrels.

“In the busiest time of year, we take some time to think only about the pillars of our brand, the creativity of our blending process and a dedication to forward-thinking and quality driven line of spirits,” said the official press statement for this limited release. “In a year where so much of what we know and count on has been turned upside-down, we have found some comfort in this tradition.”

The 113.9 proof, 56.9% ABV cask strength bottling is available now, with an SRP of $89.99. Official tasting notes are below.

  • Appearance: Goldenrod fading to a rim of lemon chiffon.
  • Nose: Distillate driven, but with ample variety of primary fruit flavors, among them gooseberry, apple, watermelon rind, and peach. The oak is fresh but quite gentle, smelling of vanilla, toasted coconut, and sawdust. Corn lends a strong creamy foundation of toasted almond, lemon curd, and baguette. Cilantro and wintergreen hint at some light rye spice.
  • Palate: Despite the strength and minimal tannin, sweetness lends a clear weight to the palate. It opens fresh and grassy, on Yorkshire pudding with mushy peas, genepy, and thyme. As it sits on the palate, juicy fruits emerge, notably persimmon, raisin, and black tea with lemon.
  • Finish: An initial burst of minerals: limestone, flint, and steel. These give way to a potpourri of herbs and spices: apple blossom, hyssop, wild mint and clove.
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