Age: NAS (Contains whiskey aged up to 25 years)
Proof: 140.18 proof
Finishing Barrel: Rum, port, and Dunn Vineyards cabernet barrels
Source: Aged in the US and Canada
Story: Over the past several years, Barrell Dovetail has become a highly regarded expression within our portfolio of products and the American Whiskey world. Following the success of BCS Gray Label Dovetail, we decided to apply the concept of “Dovetail” to our oldest, rarest stocks. BCS Gold Label Dovetail is created with the same finishing and blending method as our award-winning Dovetail, and incorporates whiskeys aged up to 25 years, resulting in a more powerful and robust blend. We left these component whiskeys in their finishing casks for longer and included some very high proof barrels to create a blend with an intensity matched only by its nuance and layering.
The nose is fun and inviting, firmly anchored in classic whiskey aromas, augmented but never overshadowed by contributions from the various finishing casks. The palate evolves from strawberry rhubarb pie, to toasted marshmallow and wintergreen. A riot of tropical fruit burst from the finish. Water transforms it into a rich dessert of a whiskey, loaded with nutty, leafy rancio notes.
White grapefruit, and red currant illustrate a classic fruity whiskey aroma just slightly influenced by cabernet. Dunn Vineyards classic stewed cherry, sarsaparilla, and creme de menthe float by. Assorted jams such as raspberry and white grape are suggestive of Port’s influence along with espresso.
Bright citric acid lights up the taste buds. The Canadian whisky and varied maturation create a complex textural experience. An opening of strawberry rhubarb pie leads into lemonade as the tartness builds. It is then overtaken by creamed honey and marshmallow. The evolution concludes with the classic spices of Indiana whiskey – herbs and pine.
Ginger ale and panela explode onto the scene, evocative of the rum casks. As they fade, a fruitier side combines with tropical notes to deliver ripe mango and candied pineapple. The finish is also just touched by the Cabernet’s cranberry juice and slate.