Kings County Distillery The Prime Barrel "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" Pick Barrel Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey
This is our first barrel selection in collaboration with The Prime Barrel group. The Prime Barrel group is formed by like-minded whiskey enthusiasts that come together to pick the absolute top quality juice around. The group is comprised of bourbon bloggers, as well as retail and whiskey professionals. We also helped in the selection process since the barrel was picked exclusively for our store.
This selection was done blind, as noted only by the letter on the sample. Consistent across each was a “how did they do this?” element, surprising us relative to their age and fact that the whiskeys were aged in 15-gallon barrels - two elements we would not have guessed on taste.
Two barrels emerged from the set of 5, both offering a delicious black licorice note and an oily mouthfeel. However setting those two aside for direct comparison, the winner became more obvious with much deeper complexity and more rounded delivery of flavors. Barrel B, aged at 4 years and 124 proof was the winner. The product comes in a limited supply of 750ml bottles and a more generous 200ml bottle yield.
For the sticker concept, we wanted to pay homage to our hometown, Brooklyn, where both our flagship store and the Kings County distillery are located. Kings County’s very simple black and white labels inspired a minimalistic "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" theme which describes our experience with this pick aptly.
- Nose: Dark fruit, Caramel, and Raisins
- Palate: Black licorice, Vanilla, Caramel, Developing spice, Light aged oak, Oily mouthfeel, Well rounded
- Finish: Brown sugar sweetness up front, Graham cracker, Lingering spice