2024 Single Barrel Program Barrels

Week 9 – Piggyback 6yr Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Vermont, USA (WhistlePig)
  • Aged In: Vermont, USA 
  • Bottled: Vermont, USA (WhistlePig)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 54.2% ABV 
  • Age: 6 Years 6 Months
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: Bold, spicy, fruity and loaded with rye character, this barrel was the standout from our day of selections, even against the higher age statement 10 year casks. Fruity and bright on the nose with apple, blackberry, a hint of peach and bright maple and spicy ginger and black pepper. There’s enough oak to balance but it’s not an oaky rye – that’s a better look to the 10yr. This 6yr is full of baking spice and sweetness, some of that fruity character from the nose and a delicious berry reduction, maple and peppery rye character on the palate. Long finish, less spice here, leaning back into dessert and fruit. 

Week 9 – WhistlePig 10yr Single Cask Cask Strength Rye r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Canada (Undisclosed)
  • Aged In: Canada & USA
  • Bottled: Vermont, USA (WhistlePig)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 59.4% ABV 
  • Age: 10 Years
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: Vibrant and spicy, this 10yr release sacrifices some of the lighter fruits of past picks and doubles down with a structured, tobacco heavy rye profile that’s packed with herbal, spicy rye, sweet maple and waffle cone. The palate is rich, it has the most oak of our past 10 year picks so it falls outside the Ryedration collection, and branches in a new direction. Heavy fig, date, tobacco, caramel and a pop of clove strikes first. The finish is long and brings in more tobacco, sweet cream, a touch of pear and beautiful herbal character. 

Week 9 – Hughes “Belle of Bedford” 11yr 7mo Barrel Proof Rye r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Indiana, USA (MGP)
  • Aged In: Indiana & Pennsylvania, USA
  • Bottled: Pennsylvania, USA (Hughes Belle of Bedford)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 55.6% ABV 
  • Age: 11 Years 7 Months
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: Last but not lease is our time capsule to the old days of rye: a dilly, herbal bomb that’s laced with oak and big in every way. The nose is herbal, packed with dill, spice, clove, a touch of pepper, light grassiness and big tobacco and oak. The palate is viscous and syrupy, packed with oak, savory dill, maple and heavy tobacco and blackberry balsamic character. The finish picks back up on herbal rye and oak, sweet cream, ginger and oak. It’s a formidable rye and it’s nothing short of awesome. 

Week 8 – Starlight Honey Finished Bourbon Single Barrel r/Bourbon Selection

  • Distilled: Indiana, USA (Starlight)
  • Aged In: Indiana 
  • Bottled: Indiana, USA (Starlight)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 58.75% ABV 
  • Age: 4 Years + Honey Finish
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: Gorgeous nose full of honey, balancing oak, clove, pepper and a pop of peaches, pears, apple and honey. There’s a bit more oak on the nose compared to our first honey, which balances the sweetness nicely and presents a good deal of complexity. Rich on the palate with a satisfying viscosity and mouthfeel – rich but not too syrupy, buttery and full of honey, baked apple, toffee and a hint of peach. Balancing oak and baking spice. Long, rich finish that shines as all honey finishes seems to do – long and delicious, it hangs for a great deal of time, balancing sweetness, spice and oak for a really opulent, natural, decadence. Touch of pepper and oak as it fades, easy drinking from start to finish. Just the right amount of honey. 

Week 8 – Starlight Maple Finished Bourbon Single Barrel r/Bourbon Selection

  • Distilled: Indiana, USA (Starlight)
  • Aged In: Indiana 
  • Bottled: Indiana, USA (Starlight)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 54.15% ABV 
  • Age:  4 Years 6 Months + Maple Finish
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: Rich and packed with dessert on the nose, the base bourbon is spicy and punchy, taking the sweetness of the maple nicely and spreading it around. Pepper, clove, ginger meets maple, brown butter, toffee. The maple character is very rich and natural, those of you in northern states know how varied and different maple syrups can be. This product has the dark, rich, roasty maple character of a rich maple, and blends nicely with balanced oak and savory baking spice. The palate is rich and natural, viscous and delicious. Ethanol is well integrated, no heat here, and the sweet oak, maple and baking spice carry in a really great way. Long finish, incredibly satisfying. 


Week 8 – Starlight “Cigar Batch” Rum Amburana Finished Bourbon Single Barrel r/Bourbon
Selection

  • Distilled: Indiana, USA (Starlight)
  • Aged In: Indiana 
  • Bottled: Indiana, USA (Starlight)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 56.8% ABV 
  • Age:  4 Years, 6 Months + Finishing Time
  • Tasting Notes: A first for our program, the combination of flavors on this release *just work*. Sweetness and complex flavors from the rum character, a punch of baking spice and amburana character from the, well, amburana, and plenty of lovely bourbon character from the bourbon. The nose is full of buttery toffee, sweet cream, a tickle of tropical mango, peach, pear and tangerine and classic amburana notes: ginger, baking spice, clove and pound cake. The palate is rich, super layered. Easily the most complex of this week’s whiskeys the amburana is placed nicely, not too powerful and also keeps the rum in check: the whiskey is packed with flavor and there’s a new note to find with each pour. Baking spice, ginger, clove and raisin bread kick off while stewed fruit, papaya, banana and mango pop in for a moment. Rich oak, pleasant spice and decadent richness despite a very drinkable 56%. Long finish, more oak and amburana show while rum and bourbon notes balance for a unique, balanced end. 

Week 8 – Dancing Goat 8 Year Honey Finished Limousin Rye r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Indiana, USA (MGP)
  • Aged In: Indiana & Wisconsin
  • Bottled: Wisconsin, USA (Dancing Goat)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 52.8% ABV 
  • Barrel #: 9764
  • Age:  8 Years + Honey Finish 
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: Zesty and full of life on the nose, this barrel is crazy good, starting with black pepper, waffle cone, a pop of oak and then sweet honey. The palate is rich and full of spice and oak, the extra aging and rye spice show more heavily than the honey at first. The honey is rich and full of character – it reminds me of local honeys from the farmers market that have a touch of floral character beyond simple sweetness. It’s a decadent nose, unreal. The palate is balanced and rich, it’s not in your face but there’s tons going on: sweet maple and honey character, punchy rye spice and no shortage of oak, the hefty age on this barrel before finishing shows it as the most balanced and rye spice works to balance the honeyed sweetness very nicely. Long finish, this makes a screamin’ boulevardier, just saying. If you’ve been hesitant to try one of these Limo ryes, now’s the time as this presents on a whole extra level from previous finishes we’ve done. Crazy good stuff. 

Week 7 – Eagle Rare 10yr Single Barrel “Beagle Rare” r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Kentucky, USA (Buffalo Trace)
  • Aged In: Kentucky, USA (Buffalo Trace)
  • Bottled: Kentucky, USA (Buffalo Trace)
  • Details: 10 Year, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 45% ABV 
  • Age: 10 Years
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: Rich and fun, this Eagle Rare barrel is all cherry cola all day long. Bright cherry and cola on the nose meet moderate oak and plenty of character. Eagle Rare has always evoked a more fruit forward profile in the BT family for me and this barrel is no difference. Bold tobacco, sweet cherry, black tea and honey, pleasant oakiness and a pinch of pepper roll through. The palate is moderate in viscosity, easy sipping and layered with fruit, caramels and sweet vanilla and cream. At 45% ABV it’s plenty complex but not overpowering, there’s enough oak from the aging to balance and offset the sweetness from the vanilla and fruit. Long, dry finish that’s cherry cola and crushed pepper all day long. A perfect sipper as warm weather approaches and the dog days of summer awaits. 

Week 7 – Penelope Rose Cask Strength Single Barrel Private Select

  • Distilled: Indiana, USA (MGP)
  • Aged In: Indiana & New Jersey, USA
  • Bottled: New Jersey, USA (Penelope)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 57% ABV 
  • Age: Blend of 3, 5, 6 yr bourbon finished in Grenache Rose Casks. 
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: On the nose, this release is a gorgeous combination of fruit and acidity with sweet bourbon character and a pinch of baking spice. If you’re looking for bold oak you’re at the wrong bus stop, hold on til we get to the next barrel. Rich caramel and peach, pear, cherry and a hint of raspberry pop on the nose with candied ginger, baking spice and clover honey. The palate is viscous and satisfying with the elevated proof and tons of sweet cream, rock candy, caramel and a touch of pepper. Long finish, easily the best part for me, the combination of tart and sweet fruit with light oak, rich cream sweetness and a vanilla and honey profile. Gorgeous whiskey that I’ve long wished existed – I’m a fan of standard Penelope Rose but there’s no comparison here: this is how it should be. 

Week 7 – George Dickel “15 Year” r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Tennessee, USA (George Dickel)
  • Aged In: Tennessee, USA 
  • Bottled: Tennessee, USA (George Dickel)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 52.3% ABV 
  • Age: 17 Years 8 Months
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: Powerful, bold, tannic and opulent, this is old bourbon at its best. Heavy nose full of toffee, oak, heavy baking spice, orange peels, cordial cherry, espresso and a punch of pepper. The palate is rich and drying, it’s viscous and complex and full of oak. It’s not bitter, but if powerful tannin isn’t your jam, think twice. There is oak galore in this pour that blends satisfyingly with the orange peel and cherry on the nose, there’s espresso and heavy cola and rootbeer sweetness on the palate as well. The tannin takes the place of Dickel’s characteristic minerality and absolutely shows up in bold fashion with this barrel. Long finish, dry and laced with more orange, dark cacao, cherries, toffee and brown butter. Goliath. 

Week 7 – Three Chord 6yr Cherry Bounce Finished Single Barrel r/Bourbon Private Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Indiana, USA (MGP)
  • Aged In: Michigan, USA 
  • Bottled: Michigan, USA (Three Chord)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 54% ABV 
  • Age: 6 Years
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: Luxardo cherry pops on the nose with cola, molasses, black tea and honey. There’s a touch of pepper, some pleasant oak. The palate is rich, complex and nuanced – the cherry bounce is an element here, not an overshadowing flavor. Balanced and full of caramel, oak, toffee and more cherry cordial character. Long finish, heavy on molasses, baking spice, a kiss of cherry and satisfying oak and clove as it sails off. 

Week 7 – Stellum Serpens N4 Barrel Proof Rye r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

Last but not least is a long overdue Stellum Rye selection, selected for its boldness and heavy rye spice. It’s unyielding and powerful, and somehow yet one of the best bargains in whiskey: I give you Serpens N4!

  • Distilled: Indiana, USA (MGP)
  • Aged In: Kentucky, USA 
  • Bottled: Kentucky, USA (Barrell Craft Spirits)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 59.29% ABV 
  • Age: 6 Years
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: Powerful rye character, this barrel was picked reminiscing Stellum’s Black Label profiles: heavy rye spice, unyielding complexity and powerful complexity that presents a pour that’s all rye. This isn’t a bourbon drinkers rye, it’s not a dessert lovers rye, it’s a rye lovers rye. Heavy spice and a pop of ginger greet the nose with maple, some brown butter, some black tea and a hammer of clove, rye spice and zest. The palate is rich and powerful, complex and once again rye spice focused. Some tannin presents but rye, clove, pepper and a crackle of ginger pop on the palate with a hint of herbal zip. The finish is long, unabashed and full of life: maple, brown butter, a hint of blackberry and balsamic punch with ginger, clove and pepper. 

Week 6 – Westward Cask Strength r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Oregon, USA (Westward)
  • Aged In: Oregon, USA
  • Bottled: Oregon, USA (Westward)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 66.14% ABV 
  • Age: 7 Years
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: Incredibly decadent on the nose, packed with toffee, waffle cone, cake batter, nougat and light cocoa on the nose. There’s hefty oak, maple and raisin bread left and right, Heavy tobacco rolls through on the palate, paired with a ridiculous mouthfeel, viscous and layered, syrupy, chewy. Eternal finish packed with waffle cone, tobacco, raisin bread, toffee and more honey. This drinks like an old, old sherried scotch but with the viscosity and mouthfeel of high proof, well aged bourbon. It’s a beast, and it’s packed with character. Unreal. 


Week 6 – Westward Cask Strength Cabernet Matured r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

They do so few of these bottlings, it managed to throw off the bottling crew a bit – they were so used to their wine finishes being Pinot Noir that they applied the ‘Finished in Pinot Noir Casks’ sticker to this as well, despite it being Cabernet. So, go with the badge on this bottle for the finish type.

  • Distilled: Oregon, USA (Westward)
  • Aged In: Oregon, USA
  • Bottled: Oregon, USA (Westward)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 64.88% ABV 
  • Age: 7 Years
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Note: Label incorrectly says both Pinot Noir and Cabernet – this was finished entirely in Cabernet)
  • Tasting Notes: Every bit a wallop as our Cask Strength barrel, this Cask Strength Cabernet release takes that cocoa, toffee, maple, tobacco profile and coats it with dry tannin, opulent red berries and a delicious pang of balsamic, tart currant and decadent blackberry. The nose is all cream and tobacco, maple and waffle cone, rich oak and cherry cordials. The palate is powerful, packed with toffee, pleasant oak, red berries, tart currant, cocoa, and a drizzle of maple. The finish on this release hangs as well as the first, pairing up big tannin and sweetness with tart berries, lovely tobacco, a hint of char and a killer blackberry note. Super rich. 

Week 6 – Starlight Calvados Finished Rye r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Indiana, USA (Starlight)
  • Aged In: Indiana, USA 
  • Bottled: Indiana, USA (Starlight)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 105.4pf
  • Age: 4 Years  + Calvados Finish
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: Rye and Calvados come together as a decadent duo, popping first with a punch of rye spice, then giving way to lovely Calvados complexity and sweetness. The nose is full of brown sugar and vanilla bean, a pop of rye spice and cracked pepper, with a hint of herbal spice and a hint of ginger. The Calvados sweeps in balancing acidity and fruit character, adding in balanced apple character, warm flaky pastry, honey and a hint of acidity. The finish is long and well balanced once again, a moderate mouthfeel balances flavor with the proof, baked apple, a hint of cinnamon, warm brown sugar and a long finish full of baking spice and lovely rye complexity. 

Week 6 – Copper Sky Limited Release Tokaji Finished r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Indiana, USA (MGP)
  • Aged In: Colorado, USA 
  • Bottled: Colorado, USA (Copper Sky)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 58% ABV
  • Age: 6 Years + Tokaji Finish
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: Rich on the nose, heavy with honey, toffee, plum, tobacco, red berries and a hint of cola – unique and fun with a heavy emphasis on the tokaji, bringing decadent richness to the nose. The palate is rich, super satisfying mouthfeel with an ABV that simply sneaks by, loaded with pleasant oak, big berry character, toffee, tobacco, more cola and a hint of cherry cordial. The finish is long, layered and puts it in park for a hot minute. Sweet, creamy, vanilla meets toffee, plum, tobacco and a final hint of butterscotch and oak. Thee Tokaji barrels are super expensive, but so satisfying and lend a perfect complement when the bourbon being finished has enough age and spice to balance. Lovely stuff. 

Week 5 – Backbone “Bone Snapper” 8yr 10mo Barrel Proof Rye r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Tennessee, USA (George Dickel)
  • Aged In: Tennessee & Indiana, USA
  • Bottled: Indiana, USA (Backbone)
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 64.7% ABV 
  • Age: 8 Years 10 Months
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: The nose opens with gobs of pipe tobacco, cigar wrapped, butter cream and sweet caramelized sugars and creme brulee. Rich, opulent dessert character paired with some funky, decadent, savory tobacco notes. The palate is oak and spice driven up front – orange peel, spicy pepper, some orange peel and a crackle of clove with a syrupy, viscous texture on the palate. The Dickel minerality is not present, instead replaced with tobacco, caramel and toffee, a hint of char and big spicy oak. Long finish with more char, caramel, creme brulee, funky rye spice and black tea, cola and a hint of cherry. As opulent as they come. 

Week 4 – Rebel Cask Strength Single Barrel Wheated Kentucky Bourbon r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Kentucky, USA (Undisclosed)
  • Aged In: Kentucky, USA
  • Bottled: Kentucky, USA (Lux Row)
  • Mashbill: 68% Corn, 20% Wheat, 12% Malt
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 60% ABV 
  • Age: 4 Years, 7 Months (April 2019 – Nov 2023)
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: Sweet wheat and honey pop on the nose with a silky, viscous, layered moutfeel. These always fall a bit less tannic than their Ezra cousins, and I love the combination of sweet caramel, buttery texture, a pinch of cinnamon. These are always unabashed wheated bourbns and this barrel is no different, the finish is long and sweet first, with hints of oak and pleasant cinnamon, baking spice and vanilla on the finish. Super well developed. 

Week 4 – Puncher’s Chance 6yr6mo Barrel Proof Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Kentucky, USA (Undisclosed)
  • Aged In: Kentucky, USA
  • Bottled: Kentucky, USA (Puncher’s Chance)
  • Mashbill: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 57.7% ABV 
  • Age: 6 Years 6 Months
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: Bold and rich, this barrel’s loaded with char, baking spice and rich bourbon notes, it’s quintessential KY bourbon in a lot of ways. Rich pepper, orange peel, baking spice and caramels pop on the nose. Great combination of spice and sweetness, there’s a good bit of oak and a pinch of tobacco. The palate is rich, pop of red cherries, toffee, baking spice and tons of dessert notes. Touch of maple, orange peel and more baking spice. Long finish, the oak shows here a bit more with gobs of caramel, a bit of funk and more cracked pepper and orange peel. 

Week 4 – Knob Creek 8yr8mo Single Barrel Select Rye r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Kentucky, USA (Jim Beam)
  • Aged In: Kentucky, USA
  • Bottled: Kentucky, USA (Jim Beam)
  • Details: 115pf, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • Warehouse: 1-04-05
  • ABV: 57.5% ABV 
  • Age: 8 Years 8 Months
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling
  • Tasting Notes: I’m just waiting for some rogue group to pull out a Booker’s Rye Jr abomination of a sticker, but they wouldn’t be wrong in the end. This rye’s loaded with vanilla ice cream, stewed fruits, big spice and pepper, ginger and rye bread with a blast of toffee on the nose. It’s big, it’s sweet, there’s spice, and there’s enough oak to feel like this thing is built to carry. Rich palate, sticky toffee and plenty of oaky complexity with maple, rippin’ rye spice and orange peel. A bit oakier, more concentrated than the first cask, the finish is long, loaded with rye spice, oranges, a hint of cherry, toffee and crackle of clove. Unreal and awesome. 

Week 3 – WhistlePig 10yr10mo “Ryedration IV” Barrel Proof Rye r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

Ryedration is back and the fourth chapter of this refreshing, crushable, richly flavored rye is here. Hailing in at 10 years 10 months old, it’s a testament to the ryedration series and bears the fun art to match. Typically these come in right at 160 bottles or so, but unfortunately this barrel came in a bit short. There’s still plenty to go around, but not as many cases as I typically hope to see from these well aged ryes. 

  • Distilled: Canada (Undisclosed)
  • Aged In: Canada & Vermont, USA
  • Bottled: Vermont, USA (WhistlePig
  • Mashbill: 100% Rye
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 55.95% ABV 
  • Age: 10 Years 10 Months
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling & Ryedration Custom Sticker
  • Tasting Notes: Beautiful dessert and fruit returns to the stage in this rye full of orange peel, tobacco, rich oak and delicious maple. Blackberry, orange peel, a hint of funky rye and sweet cream wafts on the nose. The palate is rich and shows a nice structure with plenty of oak but not too much: butter cream, clove, spice and some warm maple syrup. Funky rye sees the finish through: rich and combining sweetness and baking spice with a pleasant finish that’s unique drinkable. 

Week 3 – WhistlePig Piggyback 6yr6mo Barrel Proof Rye r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

100% distilled at WhistlePig farm, this rye is a full 6 years and 6 months old, also bottled at barrel proof. 

  • Distilled: Vermont, USA (WhistlePig)
  • Aged In: Vermont, USA
  • Bottled: Vermont, USA (WhistlePig
  • Mashbill: 100% Rye
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Additives, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • ABV: 56.3% ABV 
  • Age: 6 Years 6 Months
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labelings
  • Tasting Notes: Rich and loaded with dessert and rye spice, this is a punchy rye at first that gives way to pleasant dessert character and baking spice. The nose is packed wall to wall with candied ginger, maple, a hint of toasted caramel, light herbal rye spice and a pinch of pepper. The palate is rich and satisfying, 56% presents a pleasant viscosity, tons of maple, another dash of black pepper and some black tea and orange peel. Long, satisfying finish that’s citrusy and sweet. While our first Piggyback was well suited for a Manhattan, I gave this a go in a Boulevardier, and may never look back. 

Week 2 – Old Elk 7yr 10mo Wheated Single Barrel Bourbon r/Bourbon Private Barrel Selection “Eternal Elk: A Close To The Cosmos

  • Distilled: Indiana, USA (Greg Metze / MGP)
  • Aged In: Colorado USA (Old Elk
  • Bottled: Colorado, USA (Greg Metze / Old Elk)
  • ABV: 55.95% ABV 
  • Mashbill: 51% Corn, 45% Wheat, 4% Malted Barley
  • Age: 7 Years 10 Months
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling & Custom Eternal Elk Holographic Sticker
  • Tasting Notes: The nose opens with rich, sweet maple, creamy vanilla, cinnamon and sweet buttercream. Layers of oak pop, showing a bit of lift over our previous 7yr releases without becoming dry, powerful or bitter, they contrast nicely with the sweetness the wheat content brings here. The palate is loaded with caramel and butterscotch, creme brulee and maple. The wheat contributes really nicely to the texture on the mouthfeel here, viscous and decadent, a hint of baking spice and cinnamon sneaks in, balancing against the sweet wheat once more. Long finish, tons of nougat, brown sugar, sweet cream and a pop of cinnamon once more. The oak continues to hold stead, creating a long finish that presents sweetness without cloying, or becoming too try and oaky. A fitting close to the series. 

Week 1 – Four Gate 7yr Kentucky Bourbon r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Kentucky, USA (Undisclosed)
  • Aged In: Kentucky
  • Bottled: Kentucky, USA (Four Gate)
  • ABV: 61% ABV 
  • Mashbill: 75% Corn, 20% Rye, 5% Malted Barley
  • Age: 7 Years
  • Details: Barrel Proof, No Coloring, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling & Custom Wooden Hang Tag Medallions
  • Tasting Notes: Bold and powerful on the nose, this is loaded with rich toffee and caramels, sweet oak, tobacco and a heavy, rich combination of floral baking spice, cracked pepper and decadent molasses. The palate is loaded with dry tannin, cake batter, apple butter, faint cinnamon and rich brown butter. Opulent texture that’s almost custard adjacent, with hints of red berry, tobacco, sweet cream and a dash of orange peel. It tastes much richer and structured than I’d expect for 7 years old and at 60+% ABV it’s got a great, buttery, texture on the palate. The finish is long, complex and full of character. Maple. oak structure, more of that floral baking spice combined with brown butter, rich tobacco and a hint of orange peel leads this pour off. 

Week 1 – Knob Creek 8yr6mo Single Barrel Select Rye r/Bourbon Single Barrel Selection

  • Distilled: Kentucky, USA (Beam)
  • Aged In: Kentucky
  • Bottled: Kentucky, USA (Beam)
  • ABV: 57.5% ABV 
  • Age: 8 Years 6 Months
  • Details: Proofed to 115pf, No Coloring, No Filtering, Single Barrel
  • Labeling: Custom r/Bourbon Labeling & Custom Wooden Hang Tag Medallions
  • Tasting Notes: Off the bat this rye means business. Extra aging brings a fat stack of depth, complexity, extra oak and nice structure to this rye. Stewed fruits, tobacco, rich cream and a hint of rye bread pops immediately on the nose. A hint of herbal cinnamon, cocoa and nougat develops with time, big toffee character. The palate is rich, layered and plenty complex at 115pf. Sweet oak combines with decadent caramel on the palate, rich and layered, orange peel, more maple and a faint touch of rye bread. The finish is long and hangs and hangs, full of rye spice, orange peel, sweet cream and stewed fruits, toffee and a crackle of pepper.