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2024 NCBS Barrel Picks

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Woodford Reserve Double Oak

Proof: 90.4

Mash Bill: 72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley.

Named: Homer's Bourbon

Nose: sweet, toasted marshmallow, dark fruits and oak.

Palate: dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, hints of vanilla and oak.

Finish: long creamy finish that we have come to expect from the WRDO offerings.


On 20 August 2023, the NCBS Pick Team spent the evening with a nice selection of Woodford Reserve Double Oak samples. The WRDO offering is a staple on the shelf of most NCBS Members and we always enjoy being able to select one for the group.

From "Happy Little Barrels" to "Flavor-Flav Wheel" to now "Homer's Bourbon", we hope that you have enjoyed each of them as much as we have. Cheers! 


Four Roses Single Barrel

Barrel# 88-5R, Warehouse QS

Barreled: 2014

Bottled: 2023

Proof: 123.6

Mash Bill: 60% Corn, 35% Rye, 5% Malted Barley.

Recipe: OBSK

Named: NCBS for The Dragonfly House

Nose: floral and dark rich fruit notes.

Palate: toasted, dark fruits, rich chocolate, cordial.

Finish: warm long finish with a nice thick chew.

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NCBS was honored to be selected for a 2nd year in a row to team up with Four Roses and the Mocksville-Coolemee ABC Board to raise money for the The Dragonfly House. On 20 November 2023, the NCBS Pick Team spent the day with Four Roses tasting each of their ten recipes. Talk about an amazing experience. Top Notch!!! 


If you are not familiar with this charity, they are a Child Advocacy Center with the goal of ending child abuse. We ask that you take a moment and visit their website and see all the great things they are doing. The barrel selected ended up yielding only 114 bottles; however, we still managed to raise $8,125.00 for The Dragonfly House. 


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Wild Turkey Charity Bottle

Barrel# 23-0301, Floor 4, TY Q

Barreled:  07 November 201

Bottled:  3 October 2023

Proof: 110

Named: NCBS 2024 Charity

Nose: rich caramel and graham cracker sweetness.

Palate: mix of rye spice and charred oak, hints of caramel, tobacco, and toffee.

Finish: dark fruits, tobacco, some oak, and has a bit of a chew.

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If you recall, back on 21 August 2023, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team spent the day with Bruce Russell. What and amazing experience!! Bruce did such a great job walking everyone through the process, his thoughts on each offering, and made sure that the 2024 Russell's Reserve Charity Barrel was top notch. 

Cheers to Bruce, the Russell's family and all of Wild Turkey for their years of support and hard work bringing great bourbon to North Carolina!

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Jack Daniel's SiB Rye

Mash Bill: 70% Rye, 18% corn, 12% barely

Proof: 129.5

Named: Old #7 Green Label Jack Daniels Barrel 1. 

Nose: rye bread, Brown-Forman delight.

Palate: soft caramel, butterscotch, hints of dark cherry and cotton candy.

Finish: has a nice chew, banana bread, with a peppery spike on the end.


Mash Bill: 70% Rye, 18% corn, 12% barely

Proof: 133

Named: Old #7 Green Label Jack Daniels Barrel 2. 

Nose: Christmas spice, toasted pecans, graham cracker pie crust.

Palate: herbal tea, cooked fruit, hint of chocolate.

Finish: pepper notes up front that holds on for a long walk.

On 20 October 2023, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team visited the Jack Daniel's Distillery for a Single Barrel Rye Barrel Proof selection. If you have never made the trip to this facility, you are truly missing out. Nested in the Tennesse country, this place is full of whiskey history and great people!

At the completion of our selection, no easy task by the way..., the folks at Jack Daniel's told us we could have two. Those in the Single Barrel Selection circles know that this is something that you never ask for and never turn down when offered. Humbled to say the least, the selection team had no issues selecting a second.