Who makes it? Barrell Bourbon
Where it’s from: Barrels from all over the country
When it Started: in 2012 by Joe and Jan Beatrice, first bottle hit shelves in 2014
It is a sourced and blended bourbon that every autumn they create a very special blend of bourbons to toast the year to come. Kris and his cousin Jason each have a bottle. Jason picked up 2021 and Kris was out and about and seen New Year 2022 and decided to pick that up and proposed a head to head challenge.
New Year 2021 is a blend of 5, 9, 10, and 11-year old straight Bourbon Whiskeys distilled in KY, TN, IN, NY, TX, WY, CO crafted and bottled in Kentucky
Nice on the nose, the proof is not showing through at 113.9 and doesn’t singe the nose hairs. Moderate sugary sweet, with a little citrus and nutty on the palate. Kind of a sneaky heat. Goes down smooth and then the heat builds. With a cube it knocks down the heat making it smoother and brings more flavors and we both agree this benefits from the cube.
Off the nose, butterscotch comes through and smells sweeter than 2021. On the palate comes in sweeter and after ice the sweetness continues but we agree on the 2022 is better without ice.
These New Year bottles from Barrell Bourbon will cost you about $100 a piece, but we both agree that they are worth it. Pick one up and let us know what you think!