The bottle arrived in good order, and was promptly sampled. Made with straight bourbon that has been aged for two years, Bushel & Barrel comes in at 30 percent alcohol by volume, with a prominent flavor of apples and a heavy sweetness. It can be sipped on the rocks, which for me was almost like drinking a hard cider. It’s surprisingly tasty and incredibly smooth. If such a thing as a “flavored whiskey” market must exist (as indeed it must, for which I blame women), then it is best that entrants to it be of good quality. Berentzen’s Bushel & Barrel passes the test, as it exceeded my expectations in quality and drinkability.
It’s also fairly mixable. Let’s explore a few options for drinks.