You don’t need a file distillation To make great whiskey. In Scotland and Ireland, independent packers have proven this for centuries. Art in the mix. Since 2013, based in Kentucky Barrel Craft Spirits He would sing that message to American audiences, compiling award-winning bourbons, American whiskey And recently rum. Today, it exists as one of the leading non-distilled producers (NDPs) in the country, as its latest release, Gold Label Dovetail, clearly proves.
The extremely rare and limited edition is a blend of American and Canadian whiskeys made in barrels of rum, Cabernet and port that blend together as wonderfully as the name suggests. The Dovetail line debuted in 2018 and won an instant following with fans and critics alike, earning Double Gold at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition. But this latest release takes that winning formula and extends the maturity of the whiskey’s ingredients to new heights—some of them aged up to 25 years.
The resulting juice is hugely fruity—140+ proof—and aggressive in its flavors of fresh blueberry, fig jam, and mint. On the tongue and on the finish, it’s all about the tropical undertones. Pineapple and mango appear as the stars, gliding through the creamy, honey-spiked mouth. It’s an absolute joy to drink clean – although a drop or two of water will help tame the beast, while doing nothing to diminish that velvety aforementioned.
“When we look back at the moments in our company history that truly changed our course and helped define who we are now, the creation of — and the success of — Dovetail is one of those moments,” says Joe Beatrice, founder of Barrell Craft Spirits. “It has become a much-regarded expression in our product range and the world of American whiskey. It has its own identity in the way we think about it as well as the specific process by which we make it. When there are barrels asking for the kinds of flavor imparted by the Dovetail process, it’s a bit scripted for Our “.
Here’s screenwriting began in earnest over two years ago, when Beatrice collected a variety of tasty, yet somewhat unbalanced, highly fluid barrels from Canada, Indiana and Tennessee.
“We knew they needed to be built from a flavor profile perspective,” says Beatrice. men’s magazine from the formula. “They needed a secondary maturation that was nice but structured. All of us in the company wanted that old 140-degree Dovetail, so we made it. I still personally approve of every blend that leaves our facility, and to be honest, that was one of my most immediate ‘yes’.” I’ve ever given it. It’s very powerful but also very compliant.”
And even at $500 a bottle, Gold Label Dovetail will be gone fast. This combination is in trend.
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