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Spirit Saturday - Tumblin' Dice Single Barrel Bourbon Review

Fri, Jun 03, 22

Tumblin' Dice Single Barrel Bourbon

We love single barrel whiskeys here at Exit 9 Wine & Liquor Warehouse. They're a really fun and interesting way to see how much variance there is in our favorite whiskeys.

Many of the whiskeys you'll find on a shelf are batched, meaning that they're a blend of barrels. The process is pretty scientific, and it's how you end up with Maker's Mark that tastes the same every single time you pick up that bottle with the red wax top.

Single barrels, like our newest one from Proof and Wood called "Tumblin' Dice" tend to provide more variation in their flavor profiles. You'll find similarities between barrels, for sure, and some can be nearly indistinguishable from one another. However, every now and then, you'll find exemplary bottles from familiar brands by shopping a single barrel selection.

This was our first experience here at the store with Tumblin' Dice as a brand. It's a high-rye bourbon with a mashbill consisting of 60% corn, 36% rye and 4% barley.

The bourbon itself is sourced from MGP (Midwest Grain Producers of Indiana) and is aged for six years. This particular bourbon was barreled on 7/7/15 and bottled on 8/18/21. This bourbon also has the distinction of being barrel proof, clocking in at 117.32 proof, or 58.66% alcohol by volume (ABV).

We loved this bottle during the selection process, but taking it home when it finally arrived here at the store was a treat, for sure.

In the glass, its color is somewhere between dark amber, rust and chestnut. On the palate, it's full-bodied and provides plenty of flavor. The front, middle and back palate are all rich in flavor, with notes of cocoa, cola and a hint of leather standing out. 

The leather comes mostly in the finish and is accompanied by the kind of pepper and spice you'd expect from a high-rye mashbill like this.

My experience with this bottle was fantastic. I plan to have several more before the barrel kicks the bucket.

If you need more convincing, it took little to no-effort for a friend and I to kill the bottle at a three-year-old's birthday party (whoops...). By about 8:20 that night, we had taken down all but what you see in the picture to the left.

At $55.95, I'd classify this as a must-buy in the single barrel category and is right in the wheelhouse of anyone who enjoys New Riff, Bulleit, Four Roses, Old Granddad 114 or any other high-rye bourbon.