Nashville Barrel Company Small Batch 1 & 2 Ryes

Disclosure: These samples were given to me by Nashville Barrel Co. for review.

Nashville Barrel Company Small Batch 1 & 2 Ryes


ABV: 50%

Age: Batch 1: a blend of 4 and 7 year ryes. Batch 2: a blend of 4 and 8 year ryes.

Recipe: 95% rye, 5% malted barley

Distiller: MGP

Country/Region: USA/Indiana

Price Paid (MSRP): N/A ($60 / 750ml)

Batch 1 Tasting Notes

Nose: Clove and allspice, mild dill and oregano, oak, vanilla, anise, some brown sugar, and orange peel.

Palate: Light to medium mouthfeel, lively with black pepper, vanilla bean, anise, baking spices and more herbs.

Finish: Medium length, drying with wood and bit more vanilla sweetness.

Rating: 70/100 – Great | Well above average

Batch 2 Tasting Notes

Nose: Caramel, vanilla, mint, oak, honey, and allspice. More subdued than Batch 1.

Palate: Medium mouth feel, creamier with more weight than batch 1, more of that brown sugar, heavier oak, cinnamon and pepper spices, a little mint and bit of dill.

Finish: Medium length, cinnamon, oak, caramel and lingering menthol.

Rating: 74/100 – Great | Well above average

And the winner is batch 2! Both are great whiskeys and while batch 1 had the superior nose, batch 2 wins on the palate and finish with a thicker, weightier mouth feel. It’s also closer to my preferred MGP rye profile with lots of brown sugar sweetness and a nice spice backbone. Batch 1, on the other hand, reminds me a lot of Stellum Rye which leaned heavily into anise and vanilla notes, and didn’t appeal to me as much.

Value wise, I think $60 is about right for these ryes. In many ways they feel like a spiritual successor to recent releases of Rendezvous Rye, now that the brand has moved on to using more of their own (inferior) distillate. It’s a well crafted blend of younger and medium aged MGP ryes at a respectable proof. In today’s market I’d probably pick the more competitively priced Stellum Rye over batch 1, but if NBC can put out more releases like batch 2, they’ll have a bright future ahead of them.

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