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Barrell 10 year old Cask-Strength Blend of Straight Bourbons (Batch 020), 53.35%

Price: $90 Issue: Winter 2019 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

Strikingly mature and rich, yet also lively and vibrant, this whiskey tempts with a host of vanilla treats, including Nilla wafers, milkshake, and butter pecan ice cream. Lurking just beneath are deeper nutty flavors, saddle leather, crushed blueberry, and warm apple butter. The palate shows a lot of gusto and while it certainly doesn't need water, a splash rewards by unleashing the ample oak, coupled with heaps of Peanut Chews, dried apple, and more leather on the beautifully balanced finish.