About – “Barrell Seagrass is an ode to coastal memories, blended to evoke the joy of a day on the beach and an evening listening to the soothing rhythm of waves. Hot sun, brisk air, dry sand, and oceanside vegetation are brought to mind. A ripe and inviting tropical nose and grassy, bright body evolve to a finish as long as the view down the shore on a clear day.
Seagrass highlights the grassy oceanside notes we love in rye and the opulence and spice of finishing barrels. It is a blend of American and Canadian rye whiskeys, with each ingredient meticulously sourced and finished separately in Martinique Rhum Agricole casks, apricot brandy casks, and Madeira barrels.”
Barrel Seagrass is bottled at 118.4 proof and carries a retail price of $80.
Nose – Absolutely wild. I am getting something different with every whiff. Frist the spearmint from the rye, next there is some musty funk, the spice pairs with the high proof to give the nostrils a good sting. There are some nice fruity apple and apricot notes coming through as well.
Palate – Big fruit bomb. The apricot influence leads the way followed by what I can only describe as fruit cocktail in syrup. The grain influence of rye starts coming in after that leading into the finish. The finish is long with rye spice and sweet fruit having a nice back and forth duel.
Score – A-
Verdict – This is Barrell doing what they do best, giving the experienced whiskey drinker something that will both challenge their palate in identifying everything that is going on here and reward with with a delicious and complex experience.