Broken Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey

Broken Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey

(0.75l, 58%)


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A complex and layered cask strength Bourbon infused with three woods.

Infuse Spirits is aptly named. Seth Benhaim started infusing Spirits in his garage in 2012 at the age of twenty-five — becoming the youngest brand owner to ever win Best-In-Show and Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. He’s our kind of guy. While Infuse Spirits Vodkas and Bitters are infused with natural spices and fruits, their Whiskies are infused with staves from other barrels of a variety of wood types — from Whiskey and Sherry to Wine, Single Malt, and more. They even use exotic woods like Mizunara and French oak.

Because of the unique wood infusion technique, their Whiskies not only have a mash bill, they also have an oak bill. Broken Barrels Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey has a mash bill of 70% corn, 21% rye, and 9% malted barley. The Spirit is aged for a full year in new White oak before being transferred to the infusion vats. The oak bill of staves includes 40% French oak, 40% ex-Bourbon, and 20% Sherry. That combination packs in a bunch of complexity and a layered profile. And because this is a cask strength dram at 58% ABV, every sip is delivered at full volume.
  • Category
  • Style
    Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
    California
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    58%
  • Distillery
    Infuse Spirits
  • Age
    NAS

Flavor Spiral™

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vanilla
butterscotch
chocolate
berries
biscuit
grain
oatmeal
nutty
oak
What does Broken Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Broken Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey 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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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Desert Garnet

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aromas are powerful, delivering notes of ganache, tart berries, vanilla, and butterscotch.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor profile is complex and layered, opening with waves of grain, raspberries, and oatmeal that open up to warm nutty notes and Earl Grey.

Finish
The finish is long with oaky tannins.
Ratings & Reviews
Mark
Mark,
Yum!
 
Jill
Jill,
Yum
 
David
David,
It’s a great drink well done tasty so rich in flavor it’s not for first timers tho I had share some out with some friends they were not able to enjoy it as much as I did but I did
 
Michael
Michael,
But spicy
 
Jeff
Jeff,
great flavor balance but it must mellow and needs a splash of water, it is cask strength after all. It could use a few more years to mature and mellow, but I'll finish the bottle and maybe grab another. And the sherry plus oak comes through quite nicely.
 
John
John,
First sip has a kick to it (this is a 120 proof whiskey after all). However, mix with even one ice cube, and as soon as you get even a little dilution, this whiskey is amazingly drinkable. Smooth finish, nice aroma, but given its strength, definitely meant to be sipped.
 
Richard
Richard,
Even with a higher alcohol content this is a very enjoyable bourbon. Nice notes of butterscotch and oak. I am not a Sherry man but in this instance I enjoy the subtle hint from the cask. Also would be something I would use in cooking. Not my go to but a nice change of pace. Very pleasant to the nose. Worth checking out. Cheers to all! Enjoy!🥃
 
Randall
Randall,
I thought it was an awesome cask strength. Much flavor without overpowering alcohol flavor.
 
Greg
Greg,
Strong spicy favor. Definitely better with ice. Notes of Carmel, Vanilla. Hints Chocolate to start.
 
Katie
Katie,
Super strong! Needs mixer
 
Adam
Adam,
The sweet smell when first open the bottle is disconnected from the first sip. Neat was challenging to drink,, but much better over ice with a very strong finish and mild burn. Not a regular drink for my pallet, but could be helpful after a rough day.
 
Linda
Linda,
Love it! Hint of caramel at end, which this girl enjoys
 
Mike
Mike,
The wood stave they add to impart flavor certainly does. Unfortunately I do not like the flavor. It seems bitter and unbalanced to me...way to woody. (I loved Double Oaked from Woodford Reserved for what it's worth.) I let it open up a few weeks hoping it would mellow or change for the better and it did not. Was disappointed.
 
Lana
Lana,
Enjoying both over ice and straight
 
William
William,
So far a drain pour. Can't even drink it. Just bad.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Strong whiskey that mellows over an ice cube. Sweet notes up front and an oak finish. Not one that I would consider a regular drinker, but one if you need to take the edge off from a rough day.
 
Heather
Heather,
too harsh, definitely more of a whiskey with a bite that requires a mixer, ice cube to dilute. Not for me
 
Peter
Peter,
This is a nice one, but pour over a cube and let it melt a little before drinking. Definitely a strong one.
 
Michael
Michael,
Sweet start with a oaky finish. Has a bite at the end as expected from the higher proof. Recommend it!
 
Travis
Travis,
Too harsh straight. Flavor stands up in an old fashioned but it's not my favorite. Would not purchase again.
 
John
John,
Loved it.
 
Kent
Kent,
Loved it
 
Karna
Karna,
A bit harsh straight. Brightens up on the rocks
 
Nathan
Nathan,
For a new whiskey its really solid, In the store has a decent price tag. Huge grain flavor if youre into that
 
Frank
Frank,
We received this in the monthly shipment as the bottle. We have enjoyed it both on the rocks and in hot toddys made with hot apple cider. Prefer this flavor in the hot toddy over on the rocks. Would purchase again, perhaps as a gift bottle. The presentation of the bottle is nice.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Very good. Even better with ice!
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Drop an ice cube in this one it’s intense but delicious.
 
christopher
christopher,
First attempted this one neat, and my goodness was it powerful. Very high burn for my taste. Next day I tried on ice and surprisingly drank very well. Ice takes away some of the punch allowing butterscotch/vanilla flavors to be enjoyed. Doubt I'll be restocking, though.
 
William
William,
Very immature. Probably would have been better with more aging. A barrel statement of more than a year in oak barrels is underwhelming
 
Jeff
Jeff,
At 116 proof.... I was shocked of how smooth it was..... Great sipper!
 
James
James,
Not worth spending $ on this one for me...glad it was a gift bottle! Aromas: brown sugar and caramel, warm winter spices, and a distinct "moonshine" smell. Tasting notes: sweet up front with some of the winter spices coming through right away, tapers off pretty quick to a young/fresh moonshine taste with a quick finish. Color: dark honey with some iridescent shimmer, very pleasing visually in a glass. Possible options: while I didn't use this whiskey as a mixer, it would most definitely pair well with ginger ale, or a cola mixer, maybe even use it for a twist on an old fashioned...
 
Vincent
Vincent,
tried it on several different days and also had friends try it. We never warmed up ti this wiskey. Nor bad, but just not good. Taste, though, is so very personal. It wasn't poorly made so I'll give it that.
 
Arne
Arne,
We liked it it had a large back end finish
 
Nick
Nick,
I usually distrust anything where there is a gimmick. This bottle surprised me. It's really good and drinks well below its proof. Not too much oak. Very nicely done.
 
Jamie
Jamie,
It was generally disappointing and definitely not for drinking neat. It was just okay.
 
Josh
Josh,
Strong! Good flavor though
 
Jason
Jason,
This is potent - both the taste and the punch!! I like it more than other other cask strength bourbons.
 
Josh
Josh,
Initial palate was nice but the finish was very flat and alcohol forward without much taste. Disappointing overall.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
A good medium range bourbon. Much better available for the price.
 
Deborah
Deborah,
Had the nose of a good bourbon, but the finish was pretty flat and almost too much alcohol.
 
Phil
Phil,
Tastes good, but the strength is ridiculous.
 
Shane
Shane,
Definitely needs additional water or ice to tame this.
 
Andy
Andy,
Sweet and fruity, this bourbon can almost be served up on a dessert tray. The variety of flavors is almost infinite. It’s easy to drink but observe the high ABV. It’s versatile - I tried it neat, on the rocks, Manhattan and Old Fashioned and I thoroughly enjoyed them all. This may be my go-to for Manhattans from this day forward. Be careful - it’s hard to stop and put the bottle away.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Loved it! A little strong on the nose. Great flavor on the front side, letting it swirl in the mouth. And a great burn going down, reminding you that it’s 116 proof.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
This was one of the worst whiskeys I've ever had. Reminded me of cough syrup with an odor of turpentine.
 
Robert
Robert,
Shocked and surprised by this one. At 116 horse power you expect some proofiness. Unfortunately we killed the bottle before I took notes so Im looking for another bottle.
 
Bradley
Bradley,
Tastes like a day old whiskey. The dominate flavor is oak and because it's 58%, it comes in dry and hot.
 
Troy
Troy,
After spinning this, I put it to my nose and immediately got a strong smell of toasted oak along with a nutty smell. I picked up a slight smell of vanilla as well. After a sip, it. Gave flavor to nutty taste and seemed to get some banana with a charred smoky flavor as well. The finish stated for a while leaving me wanting another sip!
 
John
John,
I’m a huge whiskey drinker and was very disappointed in this bottle, tasted like gasoline. I understand it’s strong in alcohol content but it was not smooth at all.
 
David
David,
I thought this was a harsh whiskey. Sure, the potency was there. But it was by no means a comforting or smooth draw.
 
Bradley
Bradley,
Not on my fav list, just another average Bourbon for me.
 
Marty
Marty,
This one could use a few more years in the barrel. It doesn’t really achieve the smoothness of true bourbon. The nose is like day old red wine or sherry left in the glass overnight. Taste is bitter, unfinished and ends somewhere between that day old red wine and bad sherry flavored cheap whiskey with hints of vinegar. This was a gift, so I wanted it to be good...it just wasn’t. I think it’s just too young and needs more time to distill.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Great Flavor!
 
Mike
Mike,
Strong taste. Suggest drinking on ice. Too much of a bite to take on neat.
 
Rod
Rod,
Delicious bourbon with a quick bite.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Enjoyed the honey flavor, but a bit of heat on the finish. I enjoyed it is smaller portions.
 
Greg
Greg,
Yes, yes, and more yes!
 
Charles
Charles,
Not bad! Not my favorite, but a nice bit of warmth on a snowy day!
 
Donovan
Donovan,
Slight burn hint of ..... char, smooth finish
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Smells really nice with a scent of toffee however as others have mentioned the taste does not match the scent whatsoever. The flavors from the flavor spiral were very weak and really all I could taste was some mixture between tequila and methylated spirits. This one is going straight in to the reject cupboard.
 
Froilan
Froilan,
Yes. Delicious.
 
Craig
Craig,
It smells like cake frosting, but overall, this bourbon is crap. I would not lower your standards and consider this a good bourbon, which it is not.
 
Kurt
Kurt,
Not a bourbon for drinking neat. The flavors are there but it tastes artificial and rushed. Mix it or on the rocks and it works.
 
Mark
Mark,
Let this one breath for a few minutes before you sip it, otherwise you will get the burn. Overall, I enjoyed it. Nice level of sweetness and spice. I enjoyed my first glass so much I had 2 more.
 
Cloyd
Cloyd,
My favorite so far from Flaviar. It has a fruity nose, and a comforting warmth. Nice mellow finish. Great to have neat, a little lighter on the burn with an ice cube. I would not mix this, it would be a shame to mask the wonderful flavor.
 
Marty
Marty,
Not a fan. Nose and Finish both have a vinegar twinge similar to the taste of day old red wine. Almost as if the bourbon was barreled in sherry casks?
 
Ian
Ian,
Excellent
 
Sarah
Sarah,
Didnt really get all of the flavors. Burn hit right away. Had it neat. Will try with an ice cube. Will try some mixed drinks. Not a bottle I would purchase again.
 
Mark
Mark,
Delicious flavor and aroma, but the alcohol burn proved too much to enjoy this one neat. #stillgonnadrinkitall
 
Kimberly
Kimberly,
Pleasant, light aroma with heavy finish that satisfies!
 
Jo
Jo,
Lovely. Starts off sweet and ends with a smokey burn
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Had it neat. I had high hopes but was disappointed. Mild vanilla on the nose. Flavors were muted. If it weren't for the alcohol burn I would have sworn it was 40%. I expected more robust flavors from such a high proof whiskey. If they watered this down to 40% it would be the Bud Light of whiskey. I had been drinking Knob Creek 9 year (50%) before this and did a side by side comparison which only confirmed my analysis. Bottom line, not terrible but would not buy again.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Complex and yet smooth. Loved this bourbon.
 
Robert
Robert,
Great for your mixed drink, wonderful Old Fashioned base.
 
Cameron
Cameron,
Hits your lips right away. Nice taste when it first hits your tongue. Strong at 116 proof.
 
James
James,
Gross. Tastes like if candy corn had an asshole. Tastes like what it is. A sourced bourbon made by guys trying to make a quick buck off of a pretty bottle and an ad campaign. “We don’t care how it’s been done for more than 200 years. We know better.” Maker’s Mark has a similar approach with its Private Selection and a much better product.
 
Kurt
Kurt,
Good not great. It’s better on ice. The flavors aren’t fake but they taste rushed. I got this as the quarterly “free” bottle. I wouldn’t pay for it.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
The buzz from this Whiskey is righteous off one 12oz mixer. The flavor is a bitter dry and bitter in some ways off the tip of the tongue, and ends warm. Mixes well and doesn't assault the nose.
 
Alex
Alex,
Love it. So smooth coupled with the high ABV. What isn’t there to love?
 
Seth
Seth,
Insanely flavorful for the cost. This doesn't drink like 116-proof, loads of vanilla on the front and waves of sweetness through the finish. Hints of caramelized sugar, pepper, and mild dark fruit. Very interesting, glad I picked this one up. I'd be curious to try their other bottlings.
 
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