Barrell Craft Spirits unveils its first Private Release Bourbon Series — in a BIG WAY

Barrell Private Release Bourbon Series
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There’s big news leaking out of Barrell Craft Spirits, but it seems whenever they release something new, it makes headlines — and for good reason! This time, it’s the announcement of their first-ever Private Release Bourbon Series, which will debut as 49 different recipes in late November.

The Kentucky-based company known for sourcing and blending has selected bourbons of various ages from Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, and this new series will feature 49 cask-strength blends that’ll be made only once. And in the name of full transparency, each blend number will have the recipe’s ratios printed on its label.

“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 Barrell Founder Joe Beatrice in a news release. “Our Private Release program allows an entirely new set of options for those looking for unique and exclusive products.”

Barrell Private Release Bourbon Series
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Joe Beatrice credits his team of expert, forward-thinking blenders — which includes Chief Whiskey Scientist Tripp Stimson, National Director Will Schragisand and Assistant Blender Nic Christiansen — for creating some of the most creative blended bourbons on the shelf today.

According to the release, 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.”

Barrell has done similar releases with its Private Release Rum and Private Release Whiskey Series. Many of these are available only to retailers, bourbon clubs and whiskey aficionados, but some will be for sale to the general public.

Each recipe in the series, which will all be limited releases (roughly 150-180 bottles), will have its own distinct flavor profile. The SRP for the 750ml bottles is $109.99. Because some might only be available through private retailers or clubs, Barrell has created a list you can use to keep track of all 49 releases. May the hunt begin! Check out barrellbourbon.com for more information.

ALL 49 RECIPES

A01A is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 10% 5 year 15% 9 year 5% 13 year 70% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing an older, dusty and oxidative note not found as profoundly in other blends. 

A02i is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 50% 5 year 20% 9 year 10% 13 year 20% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced chocolaty and chalky, Indiana Bourbon influence. 

A03R is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 40% 5 year 20% 9 year 20% 13 year 20% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a strong high-rye characteristic.

A04K is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 40% 5 year 30% 9 year 10% 13 year 20% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced sweet and earthy Kentucky Bourbon influence.

A05A is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 10% 5 year 10% 9 year 15% 13 year 65% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing an older, dusty and oxidative note not found as profoundly in other blends. 

A06K is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 30% 5 year 25% 9 year 25% 13 year 20% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced sweet and earthy Kentucky Bourbon influence.

A07R is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 30% 5 year 20% 9 year 30% 13 year 20% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a strong high-rye characteristic.

A08C is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 30% 5 year 30% 9 year 20% 13 year 20% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a fresh corn-forward sweetness. 

A09i is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 50% 5 year 20% 9 year 10% 13 year 20% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced chocolaty and chalky, Indiana Bourbon influence. 

A10C is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 55% 5 year 15% 9 year 10% 13 year 20% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a fresh corn-forward sweetness. 

A11K is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 55% 5 year 20% 9 year 5% 13 year 20% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced sweet and earthy Kentucky Bourbon influence.

A12R is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 10% 5 year 60% 9 year 15% 13 year 15% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a strong high-rye characteristic.

A13C is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 50% 5 year 10% 9 year 15% 13 year 25% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a fresh corn-forward sweetness. 

A14R is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 20% 5 year 60% 9 year 10% 13 year 10% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a strong high-rye characteristic.

A15i is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 40% 5 year 15% 9 year 25% 13 year 20% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced chocolaty and chalky, Indiana Bourbon influence. 

A16C is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 45% 5 year 15% 9 year 25% 13 year 15% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a fresh corn-forward sweetness. 

A17K is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 40% 5 year 10% 9 year 20% 13 year 30% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced sweet and earthy Kentucky Bourbon influence.

A18i is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 50% 5 year 30% 9 year 10% 13 year 10% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced chocolaty and chalky, Indiana Bourbon influence. 

A19A is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 10% 5 year 10% 9 year 10% 13 year 70% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing an older, dusty and oxidative note not found as profoundly in other blends. 

A20C is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 20% 5 year 20% 9 year 30% 13 year 30% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a fresh corn-forward sweetness. 

A21K is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 25% 5 year 5% 9 year 40% 13 year 30% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced sweet and earthy Kentucky Bourbon influence.

A22C is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 20% 5 year 25% 9 year 25% 13 year 30% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a fresh corn-forward sweetness. 

A23i is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 20% 5 year 25% 9 year 25% 13 year 30% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced chocolaty and chalky, Indiana Bourbon influence. 

A24R is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 20% 5 year 45% 9 year 5% 13 year 30% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a strong high-rye characteristic.

A25C is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 40% 5 year 15% 9 year 15% 13 year 30% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a fresh corn-forward sweetness. 

A26K is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 50% 5 year 5% 9 year 15% 13 year 30% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced sweet and earthy Kentucky Bourbon influence.

A27i is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 50% 5 year 5% 9 year 25% 13 year 20% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced chocolaty and chalky, Indiana Bourbon influence. 

A28A is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 10% 5 year 10% 9 year 5% 13 year 75% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing an older, dusty and oxidative note not found as profoundly in other blends. 

A29C is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 45% 5 year 15% 9 year 30% 13 year 10% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a fresh corn-forward sweetness. 

A30K is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 45% 5 year 5% 9 year 40% 13 year 10% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced sweet and earthy Kentucky Bourbon influence.

A31i is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 25% 5 year 25% 9 year 35% 13 year 15% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced chocolaty and chalky, Indiana Bourbon influence. 

A32C is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 35% 5 year 30% 9 year 25% 13 year 10% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a fresh corn-forward sweetness. 

A33A is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 5% 5 year 15% 9 year 5% 13 year 75% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing an older, dusty and oxidative note not found as profoundly in other blends. 

A34i is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 25% 5 year 35% 9 year 15% 13 year 25% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced chocolaty and chalky, Indiana Bourbon influence. 

A35R is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 10% 5 year 40% 9 year 25% 13 year 25% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a strong high-rye characteristic.

A36i is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 15% 5 year 35% 9 year 25% 13 year 25% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced chocolaty and chalky, Indiana Bourbon influence. 

A37C is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 25% 5 year 15% 9 year 35% 13 year 25%15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a fresh corn-forward sweetness. 

A38K is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 30% 5 year 15% 9 year 30% 13 year 25% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced sweet and earthy Kentucky Bourbon influence.

A39A is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 20% 5 year 5% 9 year 5% 13 year 70% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing an older, dusty and oxidative note not found as profoundly in other blends. 

A40i is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 30% 5 year 30% 9 year 5% 13 year 35% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced chocolaty and chalky, Indiana Bourbon influence. 

A41K is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 30% 5 year 30% 9 year 35% 13 year 5% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced sweet and earthy Kentucky Bourbon influence.

A42C is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 10% 5 year 30% 9 year 20% 13 year 40% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a fresh corn-forward sweetness. 

A43K is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 35% 5 year 5% 9 year 25% 13 year 35% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced sweet and earthy Kentucky Bourbon influence.

A44A is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 5% 5 year 15% 9 year 10% 13 year 70% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing an older, dusty and oxidative note not found as profoundly in other blends. 

A45R is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 5% 5 year 60% 9 year 20% 13 year 15% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a strong high-rye characteristic.

A46i is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 20% 5 year 40% 9 year 25% 13 year 15% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced chocolaty and chalky, Indiana Bourbon influence. 

A47i is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 15% 5 year 45% 9 year 15% 13 year 25% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced chocolaty and chalky, Indiana Bourbon influence. 

A48R is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 10% 5 year 30% 9 year 20% 13 year 40% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a strong high-rye characteristic.

D01K is a marriage of Bourbons from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. It is constructed from the following volumetric recipe based on a component age statement: 50% 5 year 35% 9 year 10% 13 year 5% 15 year. This release was marked by our blending team as showing a pronounced sweet and earthy Kentucky Bourbon influence.

Sara Havens has covered the bourbon scene for more than 15 years as a Louisville-based writer and editor, and her work has appeared in various local, regional and national publications. Recently, Havens was one of 10 finalists in the World’s Top Whiskey Taster competition held by the Bardstown Bourbon Co., beating out more than 400 contenders to represent the Kentucky region. Known as The Bar Belle, she maintains her own website all about the bourbon industry and Louisville nightlife scene.