About – “Rye Batch 003 is a blend of rye whiskeys from Indiana, Poland, Tennessee and Canada, all with distinct personalities and varying ages. We started with Tennessee Rye barrels with caramel and dried fruit notes and added the Polish Rye for its nuttiness and mouthfeel. We then carefully layered in 13-year Canadian Rye to bring out earthy notes of grass, spearmint and apple. The Indiana Rye was the finishing touch to highlight the candied fruit and spiciness you expect from a rye.” Barrell Rye Batch 003 is bottled at 116.7 proof and retails for around $80.
Nose – Bold and spicy. Big rye space paired with honey hits the nose first. Spearmint and vanilla are hanging around in the background. The spice is large and in charge picking up a cinnamon note as it opens up. Much later on there is a touch of rye grain as well.
Palate – Unlike the nose sweetness hits first with honey and vanilla. Spearmint hits in the mid palate. The spice comes in quickly from there and leads into a spicy medium to long finish that is fairly dry.
Score – B
Verdict – The thing that stands out most to me is the long spicy finish. Barrell just has a way of crafting these long flavorful finish in their blends. There is nothing that jumps off of the page here, but it is a really well put together rye. Barrell is yet to disappoint me on any of their blends. If you are someone who has been wondering if their offerings is worth the price, the answer is yes. Quit thinking about it and pick up a bottle.