304 – The Best and Worst of Barrel Pick Experiences


May 6, 2021

One of the biggest crazes right now is the single barrel. That special barrel that was chosen from a select few and shared with a bunch of people, most likely with a sticker on it. And as Ryan so eloquently puts it, it’s the perfect product. It’s a consumable, it’s one of a kind, and there will never be another. Myself, Ryan and Fred have done our fair share of single barrels, probably selecting over 250 combined and probably tasting over a thousand at different distilleries. We’ve seen it all. In this episode, we talk about what we prefer when we do a private barrel selection experience. And speaking of single barrels, don’t forget we have our own private barrel club where we select over 40 different barrels every year.

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Show Notes:

  • This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about deciding what to drink.
  • What is your favorite part about a barrel pick?
  • Would it still be exciting if everyone drilled into the barrel vs. thieving?
  • What do you think about distilleries pre-picking barrels to select from?
  • What is a good number of barrels you should be able to taste through when picking?
  • How do you feel about proofing down the barrel pick?
  • Do you have a glassware preference?
  • Snacks or no snacks during a barrel pick?
  • Should distilleries provide lunch?

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