NCBS    2021 Barrel Picks

2021 Picks

1) Wild Turkey Charity Bottle              

2) Peerless Double Oak Rye

3) Knob Creek                                   

4) Barrel #1 (Rye - Cabarrus County)                   

5) Barrel #2 (Special Release)

6) Jack Daniel's Rye 

7) Light Whiskey (MGP)

8) Smooth Ambler (x2)

 9) Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Bourbon

10) Clyde Mays

11) Wild Turkey (x2)

12) Bardstown Bourbon Company

13) Bulleit                               

14) Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

15) Larceny

16) Bourbon Bear 

17) Stellum 
18) OKI 
19) Old Forester   

20) Major Pingree (x2)                     

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On 13 July 2020, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team was able to spend the morning with Shawn Phillips from Campari Group and taste through some amazing Wild Turkey single barrel samples. Of course we would have loved to go to the Lawrenceburg, KY facility; however, staying staff during the current COVID situation. You might remember, this is when we also selected the "Ozark" Episode bottles.

 

We explained the plan for the the next NCBS Charity event and Campari was gracious enough to allow us to select a barrel just for that event. This barrel is dedicated to The Dragon Fly House and the Zebulon Boy & Girls Club. Here are the tasting notes from the pick. We hope that you enjoy it!  

Barrel# 20-0508, Floor 4, Warehouse E 

Barreled: 16 September 2011

Bottled: 27 October 2020

Proof: 110

Named: NCBS Charity

Nose: rich buttery caramel and coco powder.

Palate: maple syrup, buttery and rich leather//tobacco, with a hint of sweat-tea or dried fig.

Finish: begins with the sweetness of the caramel, walks away slowly, then Boom... circles back.

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On 1 July 2020, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team got the opportunity to work with Caleb Kilburn  and John Wadell on a new Peerless Double Oaked Rye.

This session included three offerings that in age, each had spent a year in a new barrel before being transferred to a second barrel for four more years. As happens sometimes, the Selection Team didn't find one that everyone agreed upon. Peerless being a Top Notch company, sent us three new samples and we reconvened on 19 July 2020. This group of samples was amazing and a winner was chosen.

 

Here are the notes from the barrel selected. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did selecting it.

Barrel# R150922109

Proof: 109.6

Named: Moe says "Enjoy Peerless Double Oak" 

Nose: hints of burnt caramel & sugar.

Palate: sweet candy, toasted oak, oily yet balanced.

Finish: fresh apricot, late arrival of pepper from the rye, has a bit of a chew to it.

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On 18 October 2020, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team got the opportunity to work with Knob Creek .

This session included three 9yr samples, all ranging in the 122 proof range. Each one was complex and unique [even after all these years, it still amazes me how different each barrel can be]. 

 

There was a clear standout with an interesting apple overtone. Here are the notes from the barrel selected. Cheers!

Barrel# 12014C Lot ID:11E23

Proof: 120

Named: Yep, That is some good Knob Creek that you got right there. 

Nose: melon, honey dew, and apple.

Palate: toasted, oak, black pepper, green apple.

Finish: buttery caramel apple, oak and warmth for the high proof.

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On 18 October 2020, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team was fortunate enough to team up with the Barrell Craft Spirits team again. We had just finished selecting the Knob Creek above, took a break, had some great food, and then dove into three MGP Rye samples. This barrel was selected for our friends in Cabarrus County! We hope you get the change to enjoy it.                                                 

Barrel# M245 

Proof: 108.5

Named: Zots War Head

Nose: floral, green apple. 

Palate: creamy, sour tart war head, fresh green apple.  

Finish: green apple, semi-sweet coco, holds profile even with a drop of water.

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On 17 December 2020, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team was fortunate enough to team up with the Barrell Craft Spirits for a new Private Release Blend. This is a an awesome experience to try different blends of several different years. The blends also included bourbons from IN, KY, and TN. 

The blend selected is complex and drinks more like a 10-12yr smooth bourbon. Here are the notes, hope you are fortunate enough to snag one of these. 

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Blend: 45% 5yr, 5% 9yr, 40% 13yr, and 10% 15yr (A30K)

Proof: 112.36

Yield: 162 Bottles

Named: The Blender

Nose: fruity, hints of honey.

Palate: rich buttery, creamy honey, hints of coco and nut.

Finish: good mouth feel, coco then spice up from, is very smooth for having 45 % 5yr.

On 2 January 2021, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team was asked to select a Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Rye for Albemarle ABC Board. 

Jack Daniel's provided three great samples [COVID is still not letting folks into distilleries for selections] to choose from. The team enjoyed each sample and selected one that we hope you enjoy. 

Here are the collective selection team notes. Cheers!

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Barrel# 4244 14-h-18 (Barreled 14 August 2018)

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

Proof: 94

Named: ALBEMARL-RYE. 

Nose: sweet, fruity.

Palate: rye spice, caramel banana, hints of fig, apple, toasted barrel.

Finish: light cracked pepper and the apple notes seem to linger.

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On 8 February 2021, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team had the opportunity to sample three very high proof 14yr MGP Light Whiskeys. These came in at 138.5, 138.8, and 147.4 proof. We do not

Barrel#  SC-92

Proof: 147.4 

Named: Hazmat Cotton Candy

Nose: floral to herbal.

Palate: malt, herbal yet sweet, backed goods.

Finish: some burn on the lips, then some pepper on the back.

With some ice or a couple drops of water, the mouth feel is creamy and the sweetness is like cotton candy melting in your mouth.

normally pick light whiskey single barrels; however, it was hard to pass up the opportunity with these ages and proofs.

Everyone was amazed at the complexity and cotton candy profile of the 147.4 proof after just a couple of drops of water. This bottle will disappear just like the racoon's cotton candy. Hope you enjoy it.

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On 5 March 2021, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team spent the day at Smooth Amber Spirits in Maxwelton, WV. ....

 

Here are the notes from the barrel selected. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did selecting it.

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On 20 March 2021, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team was asked to select a Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Bourbon. Do not under estimate the flavor profiles coming out of these JDBP selections. We had several great options to pick from, which no one would ever complain about. 

So glad that we did this pick, what a great experience and can't wait until we select another one of these. 

Here are the collective selection team notes. Cheers!

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Barrel# 15-K-10

Proof: 131.7

Named: I want my Barrel Proof!!!!!!

Nose: fruity, Brown-Forman all the way.

Palate: dried fig, leather, tabacco, toffee, crème brulee, toffee.  

Finish: smooth, hints of chocolate nots over the leather and tobacco.

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On 7 April 2021, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team was able to spent the afternoon with L.C. Mays and select an amazing single barrel for North Carolina. Those that don't know, Clyde May proudly served in the Army’s 77th Infantry Division during World War II. He earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart while commanding a 12-man rifle squad. After the war he want to make the best spirits that he could. Distilled since 1946. Legal since 2001. Over 70 years of authenticity, dedication, integrity and perseverance. 

 

After an afternoon of great stories and bourbon tasting, we selected a barrel to bring to NCBS. Here are the notes Cheers!

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Palate: light baked goods, buttery, hint of red hots 

Finish: great mouth feel, coco, pepper with a hint of oak.

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Still wanting to get back to the Wild Turkey Campus; however, COVID still ruling the day... So on 13 June 2021, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team was spent the afternoon sampling some amazing Wild Turkey samples. This was very difficult, as we would have taken all the barrels if it was allowed. Nevertheless, we powered through and picked two barrels that would make every Wild Turkey fan envious... Here are the notes on the gems selected. Cheers!

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Barrel# 21-0299, Floor 4, Camp Nelson - A Wearhouse

Barreled: 12 December 2012

Bottled: 25 August 2021

Proof: 110

Named: MOGWAI

Proof: 110 Mash Bill: 75% corn, 13% rye, 12% barley 

Nose: light earthy notes, herbal sweetness.

Palate: raisin, rich honey and caramel sweetness followed by vanilla, cherries, citrus, apple, and licorice.

Finish: oily mouth feel, mild and very smooth then a little bust of heat.

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Barrel# 21-178, Floor 4, Warehouse K

Barreled: 66 December 2011

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On 20 June 2021, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team was spent the afternoon at Bardstown Bourbon Company. They are creating a modern, authentic bourbon experience that pushes the boundaries through innovation, while honoring the traditional art of making whiskey. 

NCBS was fortunate enough to have the honor of participating in their futures program. We will get to watch this barrel as it ages over the years and keep you posted!!!!

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On 21 Jun  2021, a small NCBS Barrel Selection Team was lucky enough to make a trip out to Bulleit Frontier Whiskey in Shelbyville, KY (which is always a great experience)

Bulleit present the NCBS team with six different barrels made up from two different recipes. We had four 12yr/mash bill 21% Rye, 75% corn, 4% malted barley/yeast strain E (fruit & creamy) and two 10yr/mash bill 36% Rye, 60% corn, 4% malted barley/yeast strain B (strawberry fruit).

When it came time to vote, there was a clear winner, one that was very different then anything we had ever picked from Bulleit in the past. Here are the tasking notes from the pick. We hope that you enjoy it!

Proof: 104

Named: Carolina Tea

Nose: very pleasant, hint of citrus.

Palate: herbal tea, dark fruit, leather, sugar cookie.

Finish: herbal tea, dark chocolate, jack fruit, .

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On 22 Jun  2021, NCBS spent the day at Heaven Hill and had the opportunity to select an Elijah Craig Single Barrel Barrel Proof!!! ....

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Proof: 131.6 

Age:9 yr from Rickhouse  AA, Floor 5

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On 22 Jun  2021, NCBS spent the day at Heaven Hill and had the opportunity to select a Larceny ...

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Age: 7 yr from Rickhouse HH, floor 5

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In Oct 2020, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team had the great opportunity to work with

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We hope you enjoy this 15 year Kentucky Bourbon! Here are the teams tasting notes.

Mash Bill: 78% corn, 13% rye, 9% barley

Proof: 108.18

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Nose: dried fruit, hints of apricot or maybe honeydew melon.

Palate: dried fruit, soft caramel notes that move to maple syrup, buttery mouth feel.

Finish: something refined and sophisticated here, no burn, nice sugar ring, drinks like a lower proof.

With some water, there are increased earthy notes and the maple syrup seems to have moved to a more semi sweet chocolate.

In August 2021, the NCBS Barrel Selection Team had the opportunity to sample several Stellum Bourbon and Stellum Rye barrels. 

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Proof: 118.4

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In October 2021, NCBS was very lucky to have the opportunity to help select an O.K.I. single barrel bourbon. This was a great occasion and presented the members of NCBS with an unsuspected experience and a great bourbon. 

Here are the notes from the pick team, Enjoy!

Barrel #: BBL06

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Bottled Proof: 113.7

Nose: Dusty and Earthy Notes.

Palate: Mild Rye Spice, hints of Oak and Dried Fruits.

Finish: Creamy Mouth Fell, Long Slow Walk of Fresh Cracked Pepper.

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