Barrell Craft Spirits recently introduced Barrell Vantage, a blend of straight bourbons finished in three distinct expressions of virgin oak: Mizunara, French and toasted American oak casks.
This is the newest ongoing release in the BCS portfolio, and this expression is meant to emphasize each wood characteristic and flavor contribution in the blend. And it highlights the toasted-characteristics of the finishing casks.
A statement from BCS notes that each component whiskey in Barrell Vantage is finished separately, then combined to focus on the wood characteristics and the specific flavor contributions that each cask contributes to the blend.
The BCS team has years of experience with three-part barrel finishing through past expressions including Armida, Dovetail, and Seagrass.
With Barrell Vantage, the team used different char levels, toast levels, and oak origins to create the multidimensional blend.
“Barrell Vantage is a bourbon dedicated to the arts of barrel selection and blending,” said Joe Beatrice, BCS founder. “We drew upon our years of blending expertise, creativity, and testing to create a bourbon with impeccable balance and depth of flavor that embraces different char and toast levels, along with its oak origins. Barrell Vantage is an exciting step forward in our never-ending journey to take bourbon to new heights.”
Founded in 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky, BCS selects and blends products that explore different distillation methods, barrels and aging environments, and bottles them at cask strength. Their large stock of high-quality casks lead to many unique blends.
This new expression, Barrell Vantage, was distilled in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, and then crafted and bottled in Kentucky at cask strength (114.44 proof or 57.22% ABV).
You can find it at select retailers and online at the BCS website at www.barrellbourbon.com. It has a suggested retail price of $89.99 for a 750ml bottle.
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