Rolling Fork Barbados Rum Brandy Barrel Finish - Seelbach's Select "BRY-49"
Source: Foursquare Rum
Age: 9-years-old; 8-year-old rum finished for 12-months in an ex-brandy barrel. This ex-brandy barrel was originally a bourbon barrel from the Ancient Age Distillery (Buffalo Trace) in 1981.
Barrel number: BRY-49
Proof: 109.7 proof
Nose: Strong notes of vanilla and cream are balanced with lighter aromas of plum, toasted oak, and light baking spice.
Palate: The front leads off with sweet notes of rich molasses and light citrus. However, the flavor quickly turns to notes of seasoned oak, cedar, and baking spices and only slight hints of dark fruit remain. The finish is all cedar and baking spice - dry, long, and lingering.
About This Barrel: When filling barrels with eight-year rum distilled in Barbados by Foursquare, Turner and Jordan (the founders of Rolling Fork) went a little off-script and ordered up one brandy barrel to test out. Like most things in Kentucky, turns out, even brandy barrels come back to bourbon. So, Turner and Jordan were quite surprised when the brandy barrel they ordered arrived in the form of an Ancient Age Distillery bourbon barrel from 1981. From what they could gather, this barrels illustrious career by being filled in 1981, likely with one of the old Ancient Age bourbon recipes. Given the time period, it seems likely that the barrel was a bourbon barrel for 6 to 8 years.
After that, it seems the barrel had a second career as a brandy aging barrel. So, when Rolling Fork got it and filled it with rum, the barrel started its third act, this time as a rum barrel. The founders of Rolling Fork have always been a little obsessed with barrels, the many variances in American white oak, and the key role old-growth American oak played in flavoring some of the finest aged spirits ever produced. This 40-year-old barrel just adds to the conversation. Rolling Fork used this vintage barrel for 12 months before Seelbach's decided that this one-off rum deserved to be bottled. After Rolling Fork finished with the barrel, they dropped it off to their friends at Starlight Distillery to finish an aged rye whiskey.
You can watch the full selection process of this barrel here.
You can find the Rolling Form Cask Series here.
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As independent bottlers, we deliver adventure to spirit enthusiasts through the history, complexity, and variety of the finest rums. We founded Rolling Fork Spirits in honor of Kentucky's famed Rolling Fork Distillery, established 1788. To honor this distilling legacy, we bring the finest rums (without additives) made around the globe to Kentucky, the capital of American distilling. Through blending and finishing, we craft rums that adhere to our motto: no finer spirits can be made. Learn more at rollingforkrum.com
-Turner Wathen and Jordan Morris, Founders