For their latest bourbon batch, Batch 24, the folks at Barrell seem to have stuck to the same general script as Batch 21 and Batch 23. This one is comprised of bourbons sourced from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana, with some as old as 15 years. The youngest barrels in the batch, however, skew slightly younger at only 9 years. Still, like many of their recent blends, there’s plenty of well-aged stock in this bottle. We were fans of the recent batches (especially 21), so let’s see how this one compares.
The nose is bright and sweet with cinnamon candies, cherry marmalade, caramel sundae, and tinned pears. As it opens more in the glass, the citrus builds with expressed orange peel, accented by a little fresh mint. Despite the high-toned notes, there’s still a bit of musty oak and damp basement that I found in Batch 21 giving the whole thing a well-aged richness and complexity. The palate is big and more in line with the brighter qualities of the nose. There’s ample pulpy orange juice, spice cabinet, and a bit of Andes mints. All those flavors are enhanced by a healthy, warming spice. The finish sees a mix of cola and dry barrel notes that rein in some of the sweetness. It’s a very different animal from previous batches, not as balanced or rounded as offerings like Batch 21. But what it lacks in that department though, it almost makes up for in a rollercoaster of flavor.
A- / $89 / barrellbourbon.com