Barrell Whiskey American Vatted Malt

Barrell Craft Spirits Barrell Whiskey American Vatted Malt

(0.75l, 58.75%)


7.1/10
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$63.99
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The first American vatted Single Malt with a deep and complex nose and palate.

Founded in 2014, Barrell scoops up extra casks of premium Bourbon and Rye and bottles ‘em up at full strength. Each batch is completely different. Sometimes the coolest casks on the market are Tennessee-style Whiskies, sometimes they’re Kentucky Bourbon. The good stuff could be straight, or it could be a finished wood. The point is that they find the best odd lots and “left-overs” that would more likely be tossed into a generic blend and sell it to us in all of their glory.

Some folks hear the word “blended” and think bad things. That’s just not fair — especially in this case. Barrell Vatted American Malt Whiskey is a blend of some of the best single malts from across the United States. American Single Malt producers are doing some of the most innovative work in the field right now, and this “vatted” Whiskey is comprised of some of the best of them. Some of those distilleries wanted to remain anonymous, but there are plenty of names you know, including Balcones, Hamilton Distillers Del Bac, MGP, Harvest Distillery, Santa Fe Distillery, and Kings Country Distillery. The individual Spirits are between 1.5 and 8 years old and the final bottling is an impressive 58.75 ABV.

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Why is the extra letter “L” in Barrell Craft Spirits? Company founder — Joe Beatrice — just ain’t saying. But he will tell you all day long about his passion for the work that they do to preserve unique orphan casks of American Whiskey.
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Whiskey
  • Region
    Various
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    58.75%
  • Distillery
    Various
  • Age
    1.5-8 Year Old

Flavor Spiral™

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toffee
tobacco
butterscotch
spicy
anise
apricot
vanilla
caramel
citrus
What does Barrell Whiskey American Vatted Malt taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Barrell Whiskey American Vatted Malt and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm Copper

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aromas are lively and densely packed with notes of sultanas, warm grain, anise, citrus zest, wild honey, and toasted wood.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor profile is complex with notes of English toffee, pipe tobacco, butterscotch, apricot, baking spices, and more anise.

Finish
The finish is pleasantly long with warm with lingering anise.
Ratings & Reviews
Craig
Craig,
I get the hint of butterscotch with a strong but respectful finish.
 
Rod
Rod,
Don't usually like Bourbon Malts, but being that this is cask strength it masks the sweet with alcohol and is pleasantly drinkable.
 
Jason
Jason,
Very strong, but once you get past that it has a very good flavor. Advise to let your ice cubes melt a bit before sipping this must-try spirit.
 
Luis
Luis,
This has to be the worst bottle of whiskey I have ever tried. Total waste of a Flaviar shipment!!!
 
Josh
Josh,
Spicy and sweet with strong barrel notes. Good flavor but strong alcohol taste/aftertaste. Strong, but good mixed with cola/dr. Pepper
 
Robert
Robert,
Drinkable, but not a whisky to buy again, strong alcohol/moonshine undertones
 
Michael
Michael,
No, nothing good about this bottle. Mixing it almost 1:1 with Gran Gala just to make it palatable. Not good, mind you, just drinkable. This bottle has a word fishy nose, and is almost salty on the tip of the tongue. The real crime though is the acrid taste on the back of the tongue and in the finish. Just nasty. Nothing smokey, this is like chewing on burned garlic. Not only would I not order it again, I would take a pass if someone offered me a glass for free.
 
Duane
Duane,
Blend of single malts from different states was better than expected. Cask strength so not for newbie. Added about a teaspoon of water and loved the flavor. Since they source their whiskey everything they sell is limited. Believe they are up to version 3 on their bourbon and version 2 on the rum.
 
Duane
Duane,
Had to tame this blend a bit with some water. Let it sit a bit as well. Overall enjoyed it but wouldn't put in my top ten.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Good solid whiskey
 
Steven
Steven,
Very much like a blended scotch still a bit young in my opinion needs to mature and smooth out a bit more. Lots of peat and smoke but still a bit harsh on the back end.
 
Andy
Andy,
Tastes much more like a scotch than bourbon. Don’t think the flavor is terrible for a scotch (not sure though as I don’t care mutch for scotch). Just disappointed in the taste
 
Christopher
Christopher,
I'm a scotch and Irish whiskey guy, and I generally dislike bourbon, and this really feels like bourbon to me. And while I suppose bourbon folks might enjoy it, I did not. But I paid for it, so I will slowly finish the bottle, albeit quite watered down.
Andy
Andy,
😂 I thought just the opposite. I am a bourbon drinker and it tasted like scotch to me. Tastes a little peety
Salvatore
Salvatore,
From aroma to flavor, this whiskey is buttery smooth.
 
Brian
Brian,
This is a unique blend. This rye drinks more like a scotch then a rye. This rye is really an enigma. It begins very spicy and hot like it’s a cheap rye but then mellows out. After a few more sips I realized that this is a quality rye however, the makers must age this rye or a blend of this rye must be aged with peppers or some type of spice. If anyone can confirm that would be great. My first experience with this rye was neat and automatically you can experience a great heat or spicy flavor then it becomes smooth. It’s almost like this is the equivalent of a sour patch kid. The best way to experience this rye is either on the rocks or shaken to control the heat. If enjoyed either way you can instantly taste the smooth flavors of caramel, citrus and vanilla. This rye can be easily trashed like it has been in reviews. This rye takes an elevated pallet to understand how to really consume this rye. If you enjoy spice (heat) drink this neat of not drink this over ice or shaken.
 
Ted
Ted,
The flavor of vanilla and caramel match the thick,velvety mouth feel of this whiskey. It has a good beat and you can dance to it.
 
Ronald
Ronald,
Great flavor, not very smooth though.
 
Greg
Greg,
It's light, sweet and spicy!!! It packs a punch. It's good...but i will stick to my bourbons!!
 
Millard
Millard,
Harsh and thoroughly unenjoyable. It now resides in my wife's pantry to be used for cooking purposes.
 
Steve
Steve,
The smell is almost nutty and spicy. The sip is smooth at first but when you swish it around in your mouth your tongue is tingly and hot. The swallow is smooth and pleasing with a mild linger with a great after taste.
 
Dennis
Dennis,
48.5% ABV! Be sure to dilute a bit with water or ice to mellow it. Quite nice if you do, nice toffe, rye flavours, some interesting notes in the back. By itself it's q bit overpowering, more than other barrel proof whiskeys I've tried.
 
Mark
Mark,
The first sip was an assault on my nose, but settled down a bit after. Overall flavor was nice, but as others mentioned it was harsh...and strong. 117 proof.
 
Raleigh
Raleigh,
Disliked every aspect of this... I would not recommend this to anyone. Harsh from start to finish.
 
Mitch
Mitch,
Soft and harsh at the same time for good shared bite and smoothness
 
Troy
Troy,
Neat this is a bit much and the alcohol overpowers every other aspect. On the rocks it mellows significantly and is more enjoyable but still better left to a cocktail.
 
Michelle
Michelle,
Really liked this whisky! Very much like a highland scotch aged in a sherry casket
 
Norma
Norma,
I loved it! The smell of honey and the tast of toffee/butterscotch did it for me.
 
Vincent
Vincent,
Not for me. Very strong alcohol taste. Not smooth. Tastes like a cheap college bottom shelf bourbon.
 
Danny
Danny,
Flavor was great, however the potency of the alcohol percentage drowned out the enjoyability
 
Mike
Mike,
Delicious stuff
 
Lauren
Lauren,
Very unique and a lot of fun to drink. I Recommend it and I recommend it at $90
 
Neil
Neil,
Usually my ratings are close to the Flaviar average, but I don’t get the reviews on this whiskey. This is not good whiskey for $25, much less for $85. After my Disappointing initial dram, I left it on the shelf for a couple of weeks and tried it again. I couldn’t finish the second glass. Tossed the bottle after that.
Evan
Evan,
I'm right behind you. It's not an enjoyable bottle for the price. It's only worth half the price. I'd rather spend $50 on better bourbon or scotch
Praveen
Praveen,
Cask strength, strong legs, pear scents up top with subtle orange zest below, initial taste strong with toffee and vanilla give way quickly to an astringent taste but a lingering sweet aftertaste. Dilute this 1-2 drops to cut the sting and open this up to other complex flavors.
 
Mark
Mark,
Enjoyed the “maple” while not loosing its cask strength power
 
Rocco
Rocco,
Really quite good!
 
Sukhjeet
Sukhjeet,
Unique and big ABV
 
Brian
Brian,
A pleasant American whiskey. The Nose - Grain/wheat and citrus; The Palate - Pipe tobacco, toffee - adding water softens the mouth feel and increases the sweetness; The Finish - Long and spicy. I enjoy the Barrell Bourbons more, but this blend is worth a taste.
 
Sean
Sean,
I enjoyed this with a touch of water and nice pipe. The tabacco flavor is very strong, but nice on a cold night.
 
Michael
Michael,
I liked it initially, then I took the bottle with me on a weekend getaway. After a couple of days of this being my only source of alcohol it got very dull. The only way I'll be able to finish the bottle is by using it in cocktails.
 
ALEXANDER
ALEXANDER,
I found this a bit harsh to try and get down. Disappointing for a $90 bottle.
 
James
James,
Definitely a different taste. Very strong alcohol level. I like it better neat.
 
Richard
Richard,
Strong bite. Might be better if watered down a bit. Not my cup of tea
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Sharp bite. Confusing flavors.
 
Andy
Andy,
My second bottle into my exploration of American Single Malt and I found it very enjoyable. On the nose I found caramel, toffee, and tobacco. It starts hot (which I prefer) with a nice sweetness, warm bread, a little wood char, and finishes long with touch of orange zest. A few drops of water and the toffee explodes on the nose with the addition of cocoa nibs and the palate remains largely the same. I will be recommending this to my friends that prefer Speyside Scotch and/or bourbon. There are better Scotches at this price, but I like to think America will be at that level in my lifetime.
 
Steve
Steve,
Good flavor. Little heavy on the after taste
 
Becky
Becky,
Nice nose but way too harsh from start to finish for my palate. The 117 proof is more heat and burn than I'm looking for in a zipper. Disappointed.
Becky
Becky,
Sipper! Damn autocorrect.
Jared
Jared,
Fantastically smooth.
 
Jon
Jon,
Flavor is very unique for an American whiskey, the age of the whiskey really stands out, would have been great after about 7-10yrs.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
A little harsh for my taste and I do generally enjoy high proof whiskeys
 
SAMUEL
SAMUEL,
Nose very pleasant but after the alcohol was too strong for my palate, next time will try with few drops of water or on ice.
 
Steven
Steven,
absolutely amazing -- with an great proof! to me the nose has got honey, citrus, licorice, white grape all competing for dominance, I tasted butterscotch, toffee, nutmeg, plums, and spices with a bit of chocolate finish is back to that licorice hit and lingering spice.
 
Neil
Neil,
Strong initial hit that mellows slightly on finish. I’ll follow some other reviewers suggestions and put a few drops of water in it for the next round.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
A very nice blend, enjoyed to sip or this whiskey very much
 
Jason
Jason,
A good amount of spice and anise with sine butterscotch and citrus.
 
Michael
Michael,
Very well made. Enjoyed it very much
 
Alex
Alex,
This whisky wasn’t something I’d heard of before but was glad I tried it. You wouldn’t guess this is the upper half of 120 proof. The toffee & butterscotch gives a mild sweetness on the nose, but the tobacco grounds it with some earthy notes & the spice on the finish reminds you you’re drinking a potent & excellent whisky.
 
Sean
Sean,
Sweet and caramel on the nose. Orange flavor and a little floral. Very smooth for its ABV and overall was great on ice.
 
Derek
Derek,
I agree with Brock R’s review virtually word-for-word. Go with two drops of water to tame the burn and bring out more of the vanilla / toffee flavor. Very solid.
 
Li
Li,
Tasted great in old fashioneds...
 
Shaun
Shaun,
Not my flavor profile. The anise/licorice and tobacco are what really stand out. Since it is high ABV, the heat and anise are hard to distinguish so at first it drinks hotter than it really is after you de-couple the two. Cool concept though with the single malts
 
Kelly
Kelly,
Good flavor. A lot of burn.
 
Neil
Neil,
Love this one!
 
Peter
Peter,
Nice. Has a little bit but clean. Enjoyed on ice
 
Kiana
Kiana,
Love it
 
Scott
Scott,
Enjoyable. Vanilla. Orange zest. Quite sweet without overpowering.
 
Brock
Brock,
This is a bourbon with characteristics of a highland scotch. Though the nose is sweet, the palate is much more savory and malty. The finish brings you back to the sweetness and reminds you this is, in fact, an American whisky. Vanilla, butterscotch and toffee definitely at the finish. A very nice blend. I imagine it is favoring more rye judging by the savory and spicy palate. Add a little water and you will open up the sweetness even more at the nose. I detect some maple syrup and vanilla with caramel popcorn. I found the addition of water (2-3 drops in a 1.5 oz) did little to the palate and finish other than opening up the vanilla a bit more. It definitely tames the burn. Adding water doesn’t hurt with this whisky.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Nose provided a nice subtle caramel but initial hit on the palate was harsher then I would have liked. The alcohol comes through too strong and leaves a lingering watery burn in the finish.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Very good. High octane
 
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