Distillery: Barrell Craft Spirits / Stellum
Nose: Allspice, apricot, black pepper, banana, chocolate covered cherry, musty oak, burnt vanilla, orange peel, toasted hazelnut, leather, vegetal/earthy/tea.
Taste: Buttery/subtle mouthfeel. Black tea, burnt orange peel, apple butter, brown sugar, candied fruit, honey, cherry cola, leather, cinnamon, clove, mint, vanilla.
Finish: Long length. Finish is all over the place. The citrus hangs around for about the entire time, waves of black tea with honey, candied dried fruit, baking spice, and mint all dancing around – this product really reads like Four Roses blended by someone trying to make it not taste like Four Roses.
Overall: Big fan! The first taste of Stellum that I had was by way of a media sample. I enjoyed each sample so much – I bought a bottle of each!
For $55-$65, this is a great barrel proof addition to the bar, counter, floor, or closet. People can crap on Dickel being in the blend all they want to, but it isn’t that strong. The citrus and slight hint of tea balance very well with the heavy fruit notes provided by the MGP, and the leather, banana, and musty oak from the KY (assuming Barton) juice really rounds it out.
I am a huge fan of everything BCS is doing and am excited to see everything else they do with Stellum.
This rating may get some hate – but I love it and think it is a well done product priced perfectly. If you disagree, feel free to tell me so!
Value Rating: 7/10
Total Score: 7.15/10