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Blue Note Uncut Single Barrel Bourbon Store Pick – How & Why

Published November 09, 2022


This specific barrel was distilled in Kentucky and is Kentucky Straight Bourbon. It was then brought to Memphis for bottling. They are a brand of BR Distilling in Memphis, Tennessee. The name Blue Note comes from the world-famous Memphis blues music. They also produce rye whiskey called Riverset along with other private label brands.

The full story about this Uncut Single Barrels is as follows…

“In June of 2019, the rickhouse that stored much of Blue Note’s inventory collapsed in a terrible summer storm, spilling thousands of barrels and millions of dollars into the muck and mud. Most of the barrels were destroyed by the incredible force of nearly 10 million pounds crumbling six stories to the ground.

We thought all was lost, but a special few somehow survived the disaster. Surviving the collapse, however, turned out to be only the beginning of the barrels’ journey.

For the next four months, the barrels were left exposed to the elements before the wreckage could be properly assessed and cleaned up. In these ensuing months, the sweltering summer heat bore down upon the barrels day after day, darkening the outside and forcing the bourbon inside incredibly deep into the oak. Several thunderstorms passed through as well, pummeling the barrels for days, causing their bands to later rust and break. As summer faded into fall, the nights grew colder, forcing the whiskey back out of the now worn oak. After the wreckage was cleaned up and every barrel was assessed, the company found that indeed some had survived.

All Blue Note Uncut barrels in the market to date are survivor barrels of the June 2019 summer storm that caused one of our storage facilities in Owensboro, KY to collapse.”

Blue Note Uncut Single Barrel Store Pick
Proof: 123.7
ABV: 61.85%
Barrel: 17965
Mashbill: 70% corn, 21% rye, and 9% malted barley
Age: ~4 Years Old
Bottles: 186

Holly’s Tasting Notes: Orange peels blue raspberry, malt balls & milk duds with dashes of cherries and spice. The palate is explosive with all different types of spice! Creamy chai, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A little bit of black licorice in there as well. The finish is extremely long and sticky.

Charles’ Tasting Notes: Coming soon.. he’s in Kentucky right now!