Brand's first-ever Barrell Whiskey American Vatted Malt. This bottling is a blend of exclusively American single malt whiskeys. Folks at Barrell partnered with small and large producers across the country to select whiskeys that express the full diversity of American terroir and style. The resulting blend is remarkable, and we are proud to be the first to showcase the growing category of American single malt in this way. Some of the collaborators have asked to remain anonymous, but the core group of participants includes:
Balcones Distillery, Waco, Texas
Hamilton Distillers Del Bac, Tucson, Arizona
MGP, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Harvest Distillery, Valatie, New York
Santa Fe Distillery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Kings Country Distillery, Brooklyn, New York
As a new category, American single malt producers are notoriously creative, looking to their local environment and regional traditions to create distinctive whiskeys. That meant the blend was a challenging one technically, as it asked to bring together a plethora of unique components. Never before have the brand strived to balance the distinctive tang of Southwestern mesquite smoke with the sweet and creamy maltiness of malted barley, or contrast briny coastal peat with the warm vanilla character of toasted oak. The resulting blend is complex and multi-faceted, rewarding the drinker with unfolding layers of flavor.