Barrell Craft Spirits Releases Luxury 24 Year Old Gray Label Whiskey

By Gary Carter / November 14, 2021

Following the release of its “Gray Label” bourbon in September, Barrel Craft Spirits recently released the BCS Gray Label Whiskey to the market.

The new Gray Label Whiskey features 24-year Canadian whiskey barrels, a portion of which were finished in Oloroso Sherry barrels and Armagnac casks.

The brand explained that when the timing and flavor from the finishing casks peaked, all the components were then blended and bottled at cask strength, 121.64 proof (60.82% ABV).

BCS Gray Label Whiskey

BCS Gray Label Whiskey (image via Barrell Craft Spirits)

The distillers’ official tasting notes state that the mature, spicy whiskey is “front and center, reminiscent of wheat fields edged with wildflowers. There is a rare and noteworthy concentration of aroma, enriched with a candy sweetness and leafy earthiness from the finishing casks, akin to a toasty Belgian waffle.”

Over the past two years, the BCS team experimented with extended secondary maturation on both the core portfolio and a select number of barrels acquired and earmarked for the BCS Line. This process, they feel, requires a significant amount of time, experimentation, and development in this new set of releases.

“Essentially, the BCS Gray Label Whiskey is a limited-edition, luxury bottling which reflects the overall investment of time, development, and ingredients required for these blends,” said Joe Beatrice, Barrell Craft Spirits founder, in a prepared statement.

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. BCS’s stocks of high-quality casks allow them to craft blends that maximize the nuances of each ingredient.

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The BCS Gray Label Whiskey, which includes a gift box, is now available for a suggested retail price of $249.99 at select retailers within the brand’s current 48 U.S. markets.

In addition to the BCS Line, Barrell Craft Spirits offers other special releases such as Barrell Dovetail, which was awarded the “Chairman’s Trophy” at the 2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, Barrell Armida, Barrell Seagrass, American Vatted Malt, and the Infinite Barrel Project.