About – “Stellum Bourbon finds its flavor in the tension of three Indiana Bourbon mash bills, two of which are high-rye, with the third being almost exclusively corn. Older barrels from both Kentucky and Tennessee are folded in slowly, through a multi-step blending process. This brings added layers of depth and complexity, ultimately allowing us to round out a uniquely Stellum flavor profile.” Stellum is the newest brand extension from Barrell Craft Spirits, a brand who has made a name for themselves with their blending prowess. This bourbon is bottled at cask strength (114.98 proof) and retails for around $55.
Nose – Caramel and berries. I can’t say that is a combination that I frequently come across. Behind that there is vanilla and light oak along with a touch of baking spice. It is giving me a nice Thanksgiving or holiday type of vibe.
Palate – Beautiful coating mouthfeel gives this bourbon a nice creamy texture. Tart cherry juice leads things off as a buttery oak comes in on the mid-palate. Cinnamon starts to flex its muscles as we move towards the backend. The finish is medium length with cinnamon spice and bitter oak tannins that fade out with a touch of vanilla.
Score – B
Verdict – This is a well balanced bourbon with a lingering cinnamon finish. This is easily one of the better options out there in the $50 price range. Barrell has really mastered the art of blending and this new brand is no exception. There is nothing here that will really knock your socks off, but for a sourced product in this price range it is impressive what they have been able to accomplish here. Hats off to Barrell Craft Spirits.