At this point, Barrell is a household name in whiskey because of its blending prowess and single barrel releases that garner a lot of attention and quite a few awards. Since 2018 (give or take so don’t quote me on the exact year), Barrell launched a single barrel program that started with 9-10 year old MGP bourbon (now discontinued) and has since expanded to 13-14 year old Tennessee Bourbon, 13-14 year old Canadian rye, 18 year old Kentucky whiskey (not bourbon), and 7 year old MGP rye. For this review, I’m focusing on the initial release of 13 year old single barrel Canadian ryes with barrel number L949.
Canadian rye sourcing is a wild-card because it can come from a number of places, but my experiences so far with WhistlePig 10 Year (sourced from Alberta) and Lot 40 Cask Strength (homemade by Hiram Walker) have been exceedingly positive. There isn’t much information about these Barrell single barrel ryes, but rumor is that they are sourced from Crown Royal. For me though, one of the more interesting details about this Barrell 13 Year Single Barrel Canadian Rye is that it has an insane 69.2% ABV, qualifying as sanitizer (nothing like sanitizing your innards eh). High age and exceedingly high proof seem like a recipe for success, so let’s get to exploring in this Barrell 13 Year Old Single Barrel rye review.