Spirit Saturday - New Barrel Roundup, July '22 Thu, Jul 21, 22 New Barrel Roundup We like to think we do everything-or at least a lot of things-right here at Exit 9 Wine & Liquor Warehouse. One thing we know we do well, is picking single barrel whiskeys.In the last calendar year, we've been ramping up our selection of barrel picks-store picks, single barrels, or whatever you'd like to call them-to include more from big, well-known producers, but also some lesser-known commodities who produce truly outstanding whiskey.Below is a quick run through on some of our newest arrivals in the single barrel whiskey department. Of all the new producers using MGP and Bardstown distillate, Penelope might be the best. Recently named "Best Blenders" in Fred Minnick's Ascot Awards, the duo of Mike Paladini and Danny Polise have been churning out incredible whiskey over the last four years. The Toasted Barrel is a new version of an old favorite. Our last Toasted Barrel from Penelope was a huge hit, and this one should follow right in its footsteps.The Private Select is a new entry for us. At the time of selection, only one other store in the United States had picked this exact blend and it's arguably our favorite whiskey we've tasted from the brand. Big stone fruit, elderberry and spice shine through on the palate for a truly fantastic bourbon-drinking experience! If you're interested in learning more about this quickly-ascending brand, we have seminars with their National Brand Ambassador coming up on August 4. Click either button to the right to sign up now! 6pm Session 7pm Session Maybe rye is more your thing? We've had a solid number of Single Barrel Rye Whiskeys enter the fold in the last two years, and this is up there with the best of them.Made by the same producer who brought us Tumblin' Dice (more on that here if you missed our first blog about that) The Senator is a traditional 95% rye, 5% malted barley mashbill from MGP. It's big, spicy and loaded with bright fruit.At $77.95, this rye goes toe-to-toe with nearly any readily-obtainable bottle. We mentioned our new Blue Note Juke Joint barrel in a previous email, but it feels right to include |it here as well.Blue Note, like Penelope and The Senator, is a sourced whiskey. It's barrel proof, and a big time vanilla bomb.Tobacco, caramel and pepper accompany vanilla on the palate and in the finish, to help make up one of the better sub-$50 bourbons on our shelf.Despite its near-120 proof, this is a versatile Bourbon, suitable for any palate from beginner to advanced. Old Elk--specifically the wheated Bourbon--has quickly become a staple brand in our single barrel selection.Master Distiller Greg Metze has crafted an exemplary Bourbon. Distilled from 51% wheat, 45% corn and 4% malted barley, this bourbon is softer in style but still "big" with an oily mouthfeel and plenty of flavor. Vanilla and chocolate make up the nose, and the palate follows with candied sweetness and cherry.119.3 proof shouldn't scare you away, as this bourbon is absolutely crushable. Single Barrel Bourbons are engrained in the fabric of our store, and we keep searching for more. We have a few surprises up our sleeves for early/late fall, and encourage you to stop in and check out the bottles reviewed above, as well as our current lineup of store picks, consisting of nearly 30 different entries ranging from Bourbon, to rye, even Tequila!