1792 single barrelOur Single Barrel Program

With Liquor Depot's Single Barrel Program you can experience the unique flavors and aromas of single barrel spirit samples and enjoy them at discounted prices.

We contact a variety of distillers including Jack Daniels, Knob Creek, and Herradura to send us individual samples from their selection of 3-5 barrels. We conduct our own taste test, and let the distiller know which barrel we prefer. They bottle our selection and we buy the entire barrel. Our customers can then purchase either a case or by the bottle – at low prices. As a bonus, they ship us the exact barrel, which we proudly display in our stores.


Newest Single Barrel Selections at Liquor Depot

New & Exclusive in Connecticut for the Holidays to Liquor Depot

Maker’s Mark Private Select — Exclusive Oak Stave Selection by Liquor Depot, 110.3 Proof!

This past August we were invited down to Loretto, Kentucky to the Maker’s Mark Distillery to create the first Makers Mark Private Select Barrel available for the Connecticut market. It was an exhausting and thorough procedure that culminated with one of the best Single Barrel Bourbon’s we’ve ever had in our Single Barrel Program.

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The process begins by tasting Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Bourbon, the Cask Strength bottlings of Maker’s range from 108-114 proof. The flavor profile is similar to regular Maker’s Mark, but with amped up oak, caramel, vanilla and spices. The barrel we began with was 111.6 proof. The nose was full of earthy notes, and all-spice, while the palate was sweet with cinnamon, light vanilla and a bright finish. 

The second part of the process is tasting samples of Maker’s Mark Cask Strength that has been influence by one of 5 different oak staves. The different staves use to influence the whiskey are:

1. Baked American Pure (P2)

  • Wood: American Oak
  • Toast: Low and slow in convection oven
  • Cut: Classic

The Whiskey influence with these staves had a lighter nose, with notes of Brown Sugar and Maple. The Pallet was sharper than the base, with a hotter finish.

2. Seared French Cuvee (Cu)

  • Wood: French Oak
  • Toast: Infrared

The Whiskey influence with these staves had a more floral nose, with nutty characteristics. The Pallet was softer, and had notes of baked goods and toast. The finish was complex with a mellowing of the heat.

3. Maker’s 46

  • Wood: French oak
  • Toast: Seared, infrared toasting
  • Cut: Classic

The Whiskey influence with these staves gave a darker color to the whiskey and produced a buttery nose. Not unexpectedly this sample tasted exactly like my favorite bottle of Maker Mark 46 back home. The darker fruit and spicy notes were much more evident.

4. Roasted French Mocha (Mo)

  • Wood: French Oak
  • Toast: Cooked on High in convection oven
  • Cut: Classic

The Whiskey influence with these staves were much bolder, with aromas of coffee being prevalent on the nose, the palate was balance with fruit and spicy notes and has a long, dry, smooth finish.

5. Toasted French Spice (Sp)

  • Wood: French Oak
  • Toast: High then Low in convection oven
  • Cut: Classic

The Whiskey influenced with these staves produced a complex nose of Baking Spices, Honey and Dried Fruit. The palate was dark, with traces of leather, espresso, cocoa and spices. It has the longest and fullest finish of all the samples.

makers labelAfter discussing the different attributes of all the samples above, we discussed the profile we were looking to create. We were looking to create a Full bodied sipping whiskey that could be enjoyed neat, and would react well to a drop of water. We wanted a whiskey that finished bold and lingered, but with little sense of the alcohol. Having the high winter wheat content in the mash bill for Maker’s allowed us to create a bold whiskey that still retains some of its lighter characteristics.
 
The Third part of the process involved actually blending measured portions from the above 5 samples in different proportions using the tasting notes from the individual whiskeys as a guide. To produce a 100ml sample we added portions in 10ml increments of the samples above.

Selection 1:

  • 30ml Cu
  • 20ml Maker’s 46
  • 30ml Mo
  • 20ml Sp

Off to a great start, nose of espresso, buttery rounded palate with lots of dried fruit. 

Selection 2:

  • 20ml Cu
  • 20ml Maker’s 46
  • 30ml Mo
  • 30ml Sp

Nice nose of baking spices and coffee, Palate has dark notes, fruit and spice, thin hot finish.

Selection 3:

  • 30ml Cu
  • 20ml Maker’s 46
  • 20ml Mo
  • 30ml Sp

Fruity nose, faint notes of corn? Pallet rich and spicy, definite sweeter notes that come full circle.

Selection 4:

  • 30ml Cu
  • 10ml Maker’s 46
  • 30ml Mo
  • 30ml Sp

Great nose, floral with notes of honey, Pallet is full with smooth spice and fruit notes, long bold finish. Drinks and finished incredible smooth for proof!

Selection 5:

  • 30ml Cu
  • 30ml Maker’s 46
  • 20ml Mo
  • 20ml Sp

At this point we were all sold on Blend #4 but wanted to see if increasing the amount of Maker’s 46 staves would give us a smokier finish. It didn’t quite work out that way, this blend produced a very tight nose, with great flavors and some smokier notes on the finish, but as a whole seemed more lacking than Selection 4.

The final part of the process involved building the barrel. After selecting our “recipe” we were taken to the barrel filling room where we put made a ring of 10 staves, exactly like our winning recipe, 3 staves of Seared French Cuvee, 1 Stave of Maker’s 46, 3 Staves of Roasted French Mocha & 3 Staves of Toasted French Spice. The ring was placed in a drained barrel, then the head of the barrel was reattached. Next we filled the barrel with the Maker’s Mark Cask Strength we had originally tasted. The bung was driven home and our barrel was ready to mature.


1792 Single Barrel

Our first two Single Barrel offerings from 1792 came from their Small Batch program, this barrel however was one of the chosen from their newer “Single Barrel Program”, the finest barrels are selected and tasted from the best aging warehouses. Only those barrels deemed ‘exceptional’ are then bottled individually, one by one. After tasting several samples we chose Barrel #07-L-06-140. The bourbon in this particular barrel exhibits caramel notes and a smooth mouth-feel. The sweet notes are followed by an obvious bite and heat from the higher rye content. It’s perfect for sipping on a warm summer day as the sun sets. Like an ambitious, well-aged wine, this Bourbon knows it is delicious without needing to show off.

Eagle Rare Single Barrel

Barrel #05-L-09-L-3-03-048 (Liquor Depots 8th Barrel of Eagle Rare)

This selection contained all you would expect from a well matured bourbon. Starts with a nose of Caramel, bourbon spice, dark fruit and butterscotch. The palate has notes of rich caramel mingling with some dark fruit that are followed by anise & honey notes. The carmel and dark fruit give way to wood and earthy notes with a touch of mint at the end. Smooth and effortless it’s so easy to drink, pick up a bottle or 2 while they last.

Blantons

Barrel #10-k-09-h-4-31-029 (Liquor Depots 3rd Barrel of Blantons)

This selection starts with notes of citrus, attributable to the rye grain, and toffee, from the barrel. The palate is similar to the nose, citrus notes balanced with sweeter notes like vanilla and caramel lead off the front, and some very light floral notes follow. For the finish, the sweet notes completely dissipate, and the finish takes on a dry tone, with notes of toasted nut and oak joining the floral and citrus notes. One of the most complex barrel samples we’ve chosen.

stacked picsSelected Barrels

  • Balblair 1993 Single Cask (#3420) Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
  • Black Dirt "Red Corn"
  • Crown Royal Coffey Rye Still
  • Cruzan Rum
  • Eagle Rare #8
  • Elijah Craig Single Barrel (small batch)
  • Four Roses Barrel Strength Single Barrel
  • Four Roses Single Barrel 100˚, OBSV Barrel Q & R
  • Garrison Brothers Barrel Proof #1
  • George Dickel 9-yr
  • Herradura Double-Barrel Reposado #2
  • Jack Daniels Single Barrel #2 & #3
  • Jefferson #3
  • Jim Beam Single Barrel
  • Knappogue Castle 12-Yr Irish Single Malt Whiskey
  • Knob Creek Reserve 120˚ Barrel #2 & #3
  • Makers Mark Private Select
  • Old Forester 90˚ #1 & #2
  • Patron Anejo Barrel Select Single Barrel
  • Patron Reposado Barrel Select Single Barrel
  • 1792 Single Barrel #1
  • Stranahan's Single Barrel Colorado Whiskey Barrel #121534*
  • Whistle Pig, Cask Strength Single Barrel
  • Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit
  • Wild Turkey Russel's Reserve #2
  • Woodford Reserve Distillers Select
  • Woodford Reserve Double Oaked #2

Spent Barrels

  • Angels Envy #2
  • Blanton's Bourbon #4
  • Buffalo Trace #9
  • Casa Noble Reposado
  • Eagle Rare #8
  • E. H. Taylor Bourbon
  • Elijah Craig 12-yr #5
  • Evan Williams #2
  • Four Roses Barrel Strength #2
  • George Dickel 13-yr
  • Ridgemont Reserve 1792 Barrel #2
  • Weller Antique 107˚ Barrel #6
  • Willett Family 5-yr Rye
  • Willett Family 9-yr Bourbon

Coming Soon

  • Blanton's Bourbon #5
  • Eagle Rare #9
  • Jack Daniels Barrel Strength Single Barrel
  • Weller Antique #7
  • Woodford Reserve Distillers Select

*Selected in conjunction with Northeast Wine & Spirits