Beast Masters Club Private Barrel - Bee's Knees 2019 Barrel #1

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Beast Masters Club Private Barrel - Bee's Knees 2019 Barrel #1

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Beast Masters Club Private Barrel
"Bee’s Knees 2019” Barrel #1
Barrell Bourbon
14 Year Old
Cask Strength Tennessee Bourbon
Distilled: December, 2004
Bottled: February, 2019

Last year we got our hands on some 12 year MGP bourbon from Boone County. Normally we take our time with barrel selection and end up picking up one or two of our favorites. This time, though, we were so impressed that we immediately scooped up all three. These barrels kicked so much ass that we dubbed them "The Bee's Knees!"

Well the same thing happened a couple of months ago when we tasted a group of 14 year casks from Barrell Bourbon. These huge bad boys were so on-the-money that we gobbled up all there barrels without hesitation. To put it simply - these are going to be the best barrels we put out this year! So we figured it would be apropos to dub these three barrels "Bee's Knees 2019" and start an annual tradition of awarding Bee's Knees status to our favorite run of barrels.

Barrell Craft Spirits is a group that really gets the spirit of the beast. They've been quietly putting out batch after batch of limited release cask strength bourbons, American whiskeys, ryes, and rums. But now that their stocks of Tennessee bourbon are getting up into 14 year territory, they've reached a completely new level. In a Forbes 2018 best bourbon write-up, Barrell Bourbon beat out LEGENDS like William Larue Weller and Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch to take home first place. Considering that both of these competitors are nearly impossible to find and sell for upwards of $500, this is no small feat. 

This is the first of the three Bee's Knees 2019 barrels we'll be releasing over the next couple of months. This one comes in at cask strength 110.5 proof, un-chillfiltered, straight-from-the-barrel. First of all it's dark as night. The nose smacks you with a fierce cinnamon bomb (cinna-bomb?) and miles upon miles of charred white oak. Some folks say that the sweet spot for bourbon is 8-10 years, but we challenge anyone to crack this bad boy open and not admit that the extra years of aging do absolutely incredible things. It's got all the characteristic things we look for in bourbon - vanilla, molasses, chocolate, charred wood mixing with tobacco and leather. But also this huge note of tart chocolate covered cherries. It's almost like flat Dr. Pepper. 

The palate is powerful, punchy, and thick, doubling down on the wood and sweets. Over 110 proof is where this beast was born to play. Do not pour this one neat for your grandma (unless grannie is a beast herself). It's a serious bourbon-lovers bourbon, just huge and ballsy, hitting you with an all-out onslaught of flavor. 

The finish is remarkable, dry enough so that all the elements come together into a warm combination of sweet, smoky, spicy, and unique. The chocolate covered cherries / Dr. Pepper thing comes back in a big way, and it lasts forever... Well, it lasts as long as you can make yourself wait for that next sip. Here at Beast Headquarters, these bottles have been disappearing at an alarming rate. 

Thanks to Joe and Will and the crew at Barrell, they really hooked us up with an incredible run. Do yourself a favor and don't miss out on these bottles. 

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