About Barrell Craft Spirits Gray Label Seagrass 16 Year Old Rye Whiskey
“I started this company to share my passion for unique, high-quality spirits,” says Joe Beatrice, founder of the independent bottler Barrell Craft Spirits, whose self-proclaimed goal is to find and curate the best barrels and batches of whiskey and rum, wherever they may be. To preserve the singular characteristics of each batch, Barrell bottles all their whiskeys at cask strength. “The complexity and concentration of flavor is greatest when the whiskey comes right from the barrel,” says Beatrice.
With each batch being a limited release, their goal is to “explore different distillation methods, barrels, and aging environments”. Their releases have garnered several of the most prestigious awards and won the hearts of bourbon lovers across the globe with whiskey authority Fred Minnick naming it Best American Whiskey of 2018.
Released in 2021, Barrell Seagrass is a blended whiskey that combines American and Canadian rye whiskeys that were finished in a wild combination of casks. The experiment proved to be a massive success that received universal acclaim, netting several of the most prestigious medals and awards. In 2022, Seagrass Gray Label was released. Only the best of the best BCS expressions ― the rarest ones that have had the most work poured into them ― get the Grey Label treatment. This one started with two distinct 16-year-old Canadian rye whiskeys that were finished in apricot brandy casks, Martinique rhum casks, and Malmsey Madeira casks. Finally, they were married into a mature, complex, and rich 130.82-proof expression
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As American as the bald eagle, rye whiskey was first brewed in the American Northeast in the 1600s. Even George Washington distilled it after leaving the Oval Office, so there’s no way of denying its origin.
It’s distinguished from bourbon for its original and unique spicy notes.
By law, rye whiskey must be made from at least 51% rye grain, aged in new and charred oak barrels for at least two years, and bottled at no more than 62,5% ABV.