Barrell Craft Spirits Launches Private Release Bourbon Series

Barrell Craft Spirits Launches Private Release Bourbon Series

New Series Features 49 Unique Releases Married in Ex-Bourbon Barrels

Louisville, Ky. (November 17, 2020) – Following the successful launch of its award-winning Private Release Rum and Whiskey Series, Barrell Craft Spirits (BCS) will introduce its first-ever Private Release Bourbon Series later this month.

For this special release, BCS selected bourbons sourced from Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, spread across four different ages and then blended them into 49 different recipes. Each blend number has its own ratios, printed on the label and is constructed in its own ex-bourbon barrel. With each release, a new set of base bourbons is selected, so every recipe is only made once.

Known best for sourcing and blending award-winning, unique aged spirits at cask strength, BCS’ Private Release Bourbon Series is an exercise in micro-blending and variations on a theme. It affords the team the opportunity to showcase its blending expertise while maintaining a single barrel-like scale controlled entirely by hand and by palate. Private Release Barrels also offer retailers, bourbon clubs and whiskey aficionados alike something truly unique.

“The Private Release Bourbon project was designed to synthesize a growing demand for exclusive store, group, and state ‘picks’ with our belief that blending can make bourbons that span the greatest spectrum of flavor,” said Company Founder Joe Beatrice. “Our Private Release program allows an entirely new set of options for those looking for unique and exclusive products.”

Joe is intimately involved with every step of the production process, using his exceptional palate to choose and create great spirits alongside Chief Whiskey Scientist Tripp Stimson, National Director Will Schragis and Assistant Blender Nic Christiansen. Together, they strive to be the most creative, forward-thinking and progressive whiskey blenders in the nation. That means sourcing the finest ingredients from around the world, and using them to blend spirits that are far greater than the sum of their parts. It also means maximizing the best attributes of each element. Every component changes the overall character of these blends, as does the barrel in which each is aged. For those reasons, these whiskeys take months to polish and perfect.

Each offering in the Series is produced as a limited release, has a distinct flavor profile and contains between 150-180 total 750ml bottles, with an SRP of $109.99. Because some were purchased through retailers or clubs, or may only be available online, BCS has added a special section to its website which contains the full list. Suggestions for where to buy will be updated as they become available. Click the link below for more information:

The Barrell Craft Spirits award-winning line of products is currently sold in 45 US states and online via Follow Barrell Craft Spirits on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

About Barrell Craft Spirits

Barrell Craft Spirits is an independent blender and bottler of unique aged, cask-strength sourced whiskey and rum spirits, that is recognized for its blending expertise. The company selects and blends products that explore different distillation methods, barrels and aging environments, and bottles them at cask strength. Every batch and single barrel is produced as a limited release and has a distinct flavor profile.

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Grain & Barrel Spirits Launches Chicken Cock Master Distiller’s Pick

Grain & Barrel Spirits Launches Chicken Cock Master Distiller’s Pick

15-Year-Old Limited-Edition Holiday Barrel Proof Release Now Available for Purchase Online and Throughout Kentucky

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (November 2020) Grain & Barrel Spirits has introduced Chicken Cock Master Distiller’s Pick, a 15-year-old limited-edition Barrel Proof release, just in time for the holiday season. For this special expression, Master Distiller Gregg Snyder handpicked 10 of the brand’s best and oldest barrels, sampling them periodically during the finishing process to evaluate the spectacular transformation. He determined that the flavor combinations reached their peak in the barrel at 114-proof (57% ABV).

Featuring a mash bill of 78.5% corn, 13% rye and 8.5% malted barley, this expression was non-chill filtered and bottled in an original pre-prohibition Chicken Cock replica glass bottle, which includes a metal overcap. Only 1,350 bottles of this Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey are available, which bourbon aficionados can find online or at fine establishments throughout Kentucky. The suggested retail price for a 750ml bottle is $300.00.

“This powerhouse 15-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which we bottled at barrel proof, displays an amazing array of complex flavors,” said Snyder. “It was well worth the wait.”

Tasting Notes:

  • Appearance: beautiful, rich, deep dark auburn with long, slow legs in the glass
  • Aroma: wonderful aromas of toasted oak, dark chocolate covered cherries, spice and slight citrus, with a hint of leather
  • Taste: exquisite and complex sweet caramel, vanilla bean, butterscotch, dried dark fruit (figs/raisins), and pleasant bittersweet chocolate flavors on the palate
  • Finish: long and delightful with hints of honey, pepper and cinnamon, complimented by soft oak lactones with just the right amount of dryness to enhance the sweet elements, all contained within a firm barrel proof “Kentucky hug” all the way down.

Established in 1856 in Paris, Kentucky, Chicken Cock rose to fame as the house whiskey at The Cotton Club, one of Prohibition’s most legendary speakeasies. Known as “The Famous Old Brand” and “The Whiskey in a Tin Can,” Chicken Cock was smuggled into the Club in sealed tin cans, then ceremoniously opened table-side. After Prohibition, the brand enjoyed a resurgent couple of decades before a distillery fire just after World War II put it out of business. In 2012, Matti Anttila, founder of Grain & Barrel Spirits, rediscovered the brand and set out to resurrect it to its Prohibition-era glory. Master Distiller Gregg Snyder was enlisted to provide the knowledge and experience needed to help achieve that goal.

Snyder’s résumé includes distilling, cooperage, and executive positions with Brown-Forman, Austin Nichols, as well as board positions with the Associated Cooperage Industries of America, Kentucky Distillers’ Association, and others.

About Grain & Barrel Spirits

Founded in 2012 by Matti Anttila, Grain & Barrel Spirits is an award-winning craft spirits company at home in the Southeast with production and sales partners around the world. The company has been named to the Inc. 5000 list for the past two years, coming in within the top 25% of America’s fastest-growing, independently owned businesses. In addition to pre-Prohibition favorite Chicken Cock Whiskey, wholly owned brands include Dixie Southern Vodka, the largest premium craft vodka produced in the Southeast, and The Endless Summer Spirits Company. Please visit and follow on Instagram and Facebook @chickencockwhiskey

Chicken Cock Whiskey is also proud to be associated with the Bardstown Bourbon Company’s collaborative distiller’s program.

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