In early 2020, the Barrell Craft Spirits Single Barrel program was in full swing. With their newly-hired single barrel manager, Nic Christiansen, the floodgates opened from only single barrels of Tennessee bourbon, Jamaican Rum and Canadian Rye to now include Indiana Rye and Kentucky Whiskey. The Kentucky Whiskey has created a very large buzz amongst the bourbon-curious crowd because of its 18 year old age statement.
Very few specifics are known on this whiskey aside from the fact that it was distilled and aged entirely within Kentucky (hence the “Straight” designation), was aged in used bourbon barrels and uses a unique 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malt mashbill. But just because this is a mashbill used by Four Roses, it supposedly does not come from them. In fact, I was surprised to learn recently that almost every major distillery in the US seems to distill various experimental mashbills and ages them in various barrels with the knowledge that they will probably not be selling them under their current labels. This probably serves as much of a purpose on the business side as it does on the experimentation/future products side.